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St. Michael, Leafield, Oxon
Chipping Norton branch of the ODG
St. Michael, Leafield
St. Michael, LeafieldİKMC 3 May 2004
Dedication: St. Michael, Leafield

Practice night: Thu 7.30 pm

The Bells (6) 11-2-21

Access to ringing chamber: 56 step spiral staircase.

The church has a west tower with a spire containing a ring paid for partly by public subscription and partly through bazaars and sales of work.

The Bells were cast in 1874 by Messrs J Taylor & Co of Loughborough at a cost of £375 18s 6d and the original oak frame and gear, also by Taylors, is thought to have been renewed after the spire was rebuilt in 1934.

Two evensong services for the dedication of the new bells were held on 16th November 1874. The sermon at the first service was given by the Bishop of Oxford and at the second by Rev. J H Worsley who was Chaplain of Bromley College and the former Vicar of Leafield and had also been responsible for the 1859 rebuilding of the church. The hymn "They are lifted to the steeple, now our bells are set on high" was sung at the services. After the services tea and a sale of needlework and fancy articles were held in the School Room

The following information comes from F. Sharpe The Church Bells of Oxfordshire. He visited the tower in 1934.
Frame: Oak.
Gear: Elm headstocks, Strap gudgeons, Plain brass bearings.

A ring of 6; tenor 11-2-21, diameter 40½”, tuned to Ab
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter Strike
Note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 4-3-1 28½ F 1874 J Taylor & Co. Loughborough J : TAYLOR & CO., FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874
2 5-1-16 30½ Eb 1874 J Taylor & Co. Loughborough J : TAYLOR & CO., FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874
3 6-2-24 33 Db 1874 J Taylor & Co. Loughborough J: TAYLOR & CO., BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874
4 7-0-25 33¼ C 1874 J Taylor & Co. Loughborough J : TAYLOR & CO., FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874
5 8-3-11 36¼ Bb 1874 J Taylor & Co. Loughborough J: TAYLOR & CO., BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874
GIVEN BY JOSEPH GAMES GIBBS M:A VICAR
AND SAMUEL HORSFALL EDELSTEN CHURCHWARDEN
TO THE HONOUR & GLORY OF ALMIGHTY GOD
A.D. 1874
Tenor 11-2-21 40¼ Ab 1874 J Taylor & Co. Loughborough J: TAYLOR & CO., BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874
GIVEN BY HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA
TO THE HONOUR & GLORY OF ALMIGHTY GOD
A.D. 1874
I TOLL THE FUNERAL KNELL
I RING THE FESTAL DAY
I MARK THE FLEETING HOURS
AND CHIME THE CHURCH TO PRAY

Notes:

The following information comes from the Chipping Norton website.

Leafield is a small village approximately half way between Chipping Norton and Witney. The church was built in 1874 and designed by Gilbert Scott

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP319153. Park in street

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