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St. Peter, Hook Norton, Oxon
Chipping Norton branch of the ODG
St. Peter, Hook Norton
St. Peter, Hook NortonŠPB 05 Apr 2004
Dedication: St. Peter, Hook Norton

Service Ringing: Sun 9.15 am (Service 10.00 am)

Practice night: Thu 7.30 pm

The Bells (8) 20-2-13

Access to ringing chamber: The ringing chamber is 45 steps above the tower floor. Access from inside or outside the church

In 1899 the then existing six bells were augmented by a further two. In 1949 all eight, including one which was stated to be of 16th century vintage were recast to form a new ring. The Bells were then dedicated as a War Memorial to all those who had served and fallen in the 2nd World War, although the names of the individual benefactors are inscribed on the bells. The Bells are now a delight to ring and to hear.

A ring of 8; tenor 20-2-13, diameter 4”, tuned to E
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter Strike
Note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 5-0-22 28 E 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1899 RECAST 1949 [Border]
[Loughborough foundry mark]
I AM DEDICATED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARGARET DICKENS
2 5-2-13 29¼ D# 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1899 RECAST 1949 [Border]
[Loughborough foundry mark]
I AM DEDICATED
TO THE MEMORY OF
BARBARA DICKENS
3 5-3-23 30½ C# 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1899 RECAST 1949 [Border] [Loughborough foundry mark]
4 7-1-8 33 B 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough RECAST 1949 [Border]
[Loughborough foundry mark]
ROBERT & JAMES WELLS ALDBOURNE FECIT 1979 [.:. repeated thirteen times]
5 9-1-23 36½ A 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough IN MULTIS ANNIS RESONET CAMPANA IOHANNIS 1600

RECAST 1949
[Loughborough foundry mark]
6 10-0-3 38½ G# 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough William Hawkins Gave Tenn Pound to the Making of This Bell 1599
RECAST 1949
[Loughborough foundry mark]
7 15-0-6 43 F# 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough O PRAISE GOD IN HIS HOLINESS
RECAST 1869
[Loughborough foundry mark]
AGAIN RECAST 1949
[H8 three times]
ERNEST H. NIND, RECTOR & RURAL DEAN
JOHN W. HARRIS
FRANK O. COPPAGE CHURCHWARDENS
Tenor 20-2-13 48 E 1949 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough THESE EIGHT BELLS WERE RECAST AND REHUNG BY J. TAYLOR & CO IN 1949
[Loughborough foundry mark]
THE GIFT OF THE PEOPLE OF HOOK NORTON
IN GRATEFUL THANKS
FOR THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO 1939-1945
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
THE SONS OF HOOK NORTON WHO DIED
FOR THE SACRED CAUSE OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM
YE PEOPLE ALL WHO HEARE ME RING: BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR GOD & KING .:. D: LAMPETT & W: DEE C: WARDENS: R: WELLS FECIT 1788 .:.

Notes:

  1. The details in this table are from Andrew Bull .
  2. The inscriptions are taken from F. Sharpe The Church Bells of Oxfordshire. He visited the tower in 1949, just after the restoration.
  3. ‡Here there is: [a Gothic i, mark R2 and a Gothic c].
  4. This is in Gothic script on bell 6.

The following information comes from the Chipping Norton website.

Hook Norton is situated 5 miles north-east of Chipping Norton and has a population of some 2,500 people. The village boasts a shop, post office and four public house including The Sun where accommodation is available and is opposite the church.

St. Peter's is more or less in the middle of the village in the High Street and the tower can be seen from most of the approach roads to the village. Part of the north-east corner of the church displays Saxon stonework and later windows dating up to the 15th century, at which time the present tower appears to have been built. The interior walls contain some fragments of mediaeval paintings and the church also has a very unusual Norman font which is decorated with stone reliefs of some of the signs of the Zodiac.

Church facilities: toilet and kitchen on request

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP355331. - Park on road or in pub car park

Eating Places
Pubs: ‘The Sun’ opposite the church tel: 01608 737570,    ‘The Pear Tree’ is ¼ mile away at SP350332, tel: 01608 737482.

Local points of interest for non ringers: Guided tours with the opportunity to sample the product of the Hook Norton brewery.

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