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Established January 17 1881
St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, Bucks
East Berks & South Bucks branch of the ODG
St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden
St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden ©BM 24 Nov 2003
Dedication: St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden

Service Ringing: Sun 10.30am. Other services by arrangement.

Practice night: Fri(1,3) 7.45 - 9.00pm. Other times by arrangement

Availability and Restrictions Visitors, quarter peals and peals by arrangement.

The Bells (6) 11-0-25

Access to ringing chamber: 28 steps, narrow top and bottom, up to ringing chamber.

The Clock: Clock by Gillett and Johnston, 1948. Visitors will be advised how to pull off the clock hammers.

The following information comes from A.H.Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, page 395. The bell weights are from The Ringing World, 1954, page 652. In 1954 the bells were turned and rehung with new fittings by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

A ring of 6, tenor 11-0-25, diameter 41½”, tuned to F#.
Bell Weight
Diameter Strike
Founder Foundry
Treble 4-3-14 D# 1724 Richard Phelps Whitechapel GEORGIUS REX A[1] D[1] 1724 D[1] IONES R[1] LANE CH[1] W[1] R[1] PHELPS MADE ME [Figure [2] below surrounded by two fleurs-de-lys]
2 4-2-10 C# 1634 Ellis Knight Reading FEARE GOD X634
3 5-1-0 B 1634 Ellis Knight Reading GEORGE DEANE GAVE THIS BELL X634
4 6-2-5 A# 1857 John Warner & Sons London JOHN WARNER & SONS CRESCENT FOUNDRY LONDON 1857
(On waist, Royal Arms and underneath:) PATENT
5 8-1-6 G# 1778 Pack & Chapman Whitechapel [Border G11] PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT 1778 [Border G11]
[same pattern all round underneath]
Tenor 11-0-25 F# early c15   Wokingham [Cross, F4] Ora Mente Pia Pro Nobis Virgo Maria [groat] [Lion’s head, F2]
Sanctus 3-3-22 F# 1954 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  


  1. Ornaments on the treble from Cocks Plate XXI:
    Stop 1 Stop 1
  2. The “N” in “DEANE” on the third is backwards.
  3. The gothic lettering of the tenor has crowned capitals.
Points of interest in church:
  • Saxon font
  • D'Oyley Memorial Wolsey Altar
  • Further information see guide book £2 at back of church
  • Church teas are served in the porch or outside every Sunday early June to late September 2.30 to 5.00pm
Church facilities: Nearest toilets are in the Village Hall (if open) or the Pub (if open)

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU784866

Eating Places: Stag & Huntsman

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