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Established January 17 1881
Holy Trinity , Cookham, Berks
East Berks & South Bucks branch of the ODG
Holy Trinity, Cookham
Holy Trinity, Cookham ©BM 6 Apr 2004
Dedication: Holy Trinity, Cookham

Service Ringing: Sun 8.45am, 5.45pm

Practice night: Tue 8.00 - 9.00pm

Availability and Restrictions:

a) Visiting ringers - on application
b) Quarter peals - on application
c) Peals - by request only

The Bells (8) 14-1-23

Access to ringing chamber: 36 steps

The Clock: The clock is by Thomas Moore in 1861. There are no hammers to pull off before ringing.

The following information comes from F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire.He visited the tower in 1938.

Frame: iron; Warner, 1913.
Gear: Cast iron headstocks, Fixed steel gudgeons, Self-aligning ball bearings, Traditional English type wheels, Traditional stays; Mears & Stainbank 1946.

A ring of 8, tenor 14-1-23, diameter 45¾”, tuned to E
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Strike
Note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 4-3-5 E 1946 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel REMEMBER THE MEN OF THIS TOWER WHO
FELL IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY
1914-1919
CHARLES W. WHITE
WALTER T. G. WOOLFORD
1939-1945
RONALD C. FOWLER
[M]
2 5-0-7 D# 1946 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel THAT WE BEING DELIVERED OUR
OF THE HANDS OF OUT ENEMIES
MIGHT SERVE HIM WITHOUT FEAR
1945
[M]
3 5-2-8 C# 1913 John Warner & Sons London RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1913.
THE REVD. DR. GEORGE BERKELEY MINISTER. JNO. ALDRIDGE RICHD POURTON CH. WARDENS.
I MEAN TO MAKE IT UNDERSTOOD THAT THO I AM LITTLE YET I AM GOOD
PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT 1777.
4 5-3-2 B 1638 Ellis Knight I Reading FEARE GOD X638
5 7-2-22 A 1638 Ellis Knight I Reading HOPE IN GOD X638
6 8-3-5 G# 1913 John Warner & Sons London RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1913.
BRYANUS ELDRIDGE ME FECIT 1650 RL. RS.
7 11-0-2 F# 1639 Ellis Knight I Reading LOVE GOD 1639
Tenor 14-1-23 E 1717 Richard Phelps Whitechapel JOHN BALY MA VICAR RICHD BROWN GYLES REE CHURCH WARDENS RICHARD PHELPS MADE ME 1717
Sanctus 1-0-0#   1669 Henry Knight II Reading T · S     W • W
1669     H • K

Notes:

  1. [M] is the Whitechapel Founder’s mark
  2. The inscriptions on the Reading bells (4), 5 & 7 (taken from F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire, figures 50 & 13) are shown below:
inscrip 5.
Inscription on bell 5.

inscrip 7.
Inscription on bell 7.
Points of interest in church

  • Eleventh century church.
  • Copy of Stanley Spencer’s ‘Last Supper’.
Church facilities:   Toilet in the Parish Centre opposite but access restricted when the Centre is not in use.

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU897854

Eating Places:

  • Local Pubs (2 mins from tower) Bel and Dragon, The King’s Arms and The Crown.
  • Local Pubs (4 mins from tower in The Pound), Spencers,The Swan Uppers.
  • Eating places in Cookham High Street:
    • Malik’s and Cookham Tandoori (Indian).
    • Chef Peking (Oriental).
    • Bell and Dragon,The King’s Arms and The Ferry (Harvester) (Pub Food).
Local points of interest for non ringers:
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham High Street. The painter Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959) was born and bred in Cookham. His early work was much influenced by his experiences in the Salonica campaign of 1916-18. Later he used Cookham’s everyday people and places in large scale works. His ‘Resurrection’ of 1927 is set in the village churchyard.

  • The River Thames and Cookham Bridge is one min's walk from the tower. In the time of King Henry III swan was considered a great delicacy which automatically belonged to the Crown; only the King could authorise their consumption. More recently, City of London livery companies were permitted to own swans on the Thames. Today, only the Dyers and Vintners own swans which are not the Queen's. In July the ceremony of 'Swan upping' takes place supervised by the Queen's Swan Keeper. Young swans are upped from the water and nicks marked on their beaks, one for the Dyers, two for the Vintners and the unmarked ones for the Queen.

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