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Established January 17 1881
All Saints, High Wycombe, Bucks
East Berks & South Bucks branch of the ODG
All Saints, High Wycombe
All Saints, High Wycombe
Dedication: All Saints, High Wycombe

Service Ringing: Sun 9.00 - 9.45am, 5.45 - 6.30pm (by arrangement)

Practice night: Mon 7.15 - 9.15pm

Availability and Restrictions Visiting ringers and quarter peals by arrangement. Peals limited to 4 per year – usually 3rd Saturday, 9.45 a.m.

At the present time, the ringing is restricted to 8 bells whilst the tower is undergoing strengthening work

The Bells (12) 29-3-14 tuned to C#Two clock hammers to take off.

Access to ringing chamber: Spiral staircase about 68 steps

There were six bells by 1639 but these were all recast in 1711 by Richard Phelps into a ring of eight with a tenor of about 26 cwt.

The total cost was £140 and the only bell remaining from this time is the present tenth then the sixth.

In 1788 the ring was augmented to ten however the church were apparently advised that this ring was too heavy for the tower. Consequently the ring was remodelled in 1802 by Mears & Stainbank to have the ninth as tenor (although this was recast and increased in weight from 17 to 22 cwt.), the old third and seventh bells were recast a semitone higher and a new treble added.

The effect was to lighten the ring by about twelve cwt.

However the augmentation to twelve which followed in 1909 restored each bell to its original position by adding a treble and a new 31 cwt. tenor requiring the previously recast fourth and eighth to be recast again to become the fifth and ninth!.

The Bells were rehung in a new frame, the work being carried out by Mears & Stainbank.

The final overhaul of the bells occurred in 1963 when the two trebles were recast and a sharp second added by Taylors as well as the remaining bells being retuned and rehung.

The brief story above and the bell information in the table below are from the Rings of Twelve web site.

The inscriptions come from A.H.Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, page 652.

Frame: Metal, Mears & Stainbank 1909.
Gear: iron headstocks, ball-bearings, Taylor 1963.

A ring of 12, tenor 29-3-14, diameter 57¼”, tuned to C#.
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 5-0-6 26½ G# 1963 Taylor Loughborough  
2sharp 5-2-4 27½ G 1963 Taylor Loughborough  
2 6-0-6 28½ F# 1963 Taylor Loughborough  
3 6-1-20 30 F 1788 John Briant Hertford JOHN BRIANT . HARTFORD . FECIT . I788 .
W . BALL . . .)
G . HARMAN .)
ASSISTANTS. (THE GIFT OF THE EARL OF WYCOMBE . . .
(ELDEST SON OF THE MARQUIS OF LANSDOWN
4 6-2-7 31¼ D# 1788 John Briant Hertford JOHN BRIANT . HARTFORD . FECIT . I788 .
W . BALL . . .)
G . HARMAN .)
ASSISTANTS[coin] (THE GIFT OF LORD HENRY PETTY . . .
(SECOND SON OF THE MARQUIS OF LANSDOWN
5 6-0-1 31¾ C# 1909 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
6 6-0-24 32¼ C 1919 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
7 6-3-23 34½ A# 1890 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel MEARS & STAINBANK, WHITECHAPEL, FOUNDRY, LONDON.
(On waist:)
THESE EIGHT BELLS WERE CAST I7II BY
RICHARD PHELPS OF WHITECHAPEL, LONDON
THIS BELL WAS RECAST IN THE YEAR I890
R. CHILTON, VICAR

T.J.REYNOLDS )
W. PHILLIPS )
A. LEADBETTER )
J. PARKER )
CHURCHWARDENS
8 8-3-21 38 G# 1756 Thomas Swain London ARON WOOSTER : THOs WALKER : MR MEAD : CHURCHWARDENES : THOs SWAIN : MADE : ME : J756 • :
9 10-2-18 41 F# 1909 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
10 12-2-15 43½ F 1711 Richard Phelps Whitechapel MESEIVRS IOHN LANE THO: STEVENS GEO: GROVE FERDO: SHRIMPTON THO: WELLES ALDN: 1711 R : P : FEC :
11 21-0-10 50½ D# 1802 Thomas Mears I Whitechapel MAY ALL WHOM I SHALL SUMMON TO THE GRAVE THE BLESSINGS OF A WELL SPENT LIFE RECEIVE
THOS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1802
THE REVD JAMES PRICE VICAR MESSRS RICHARD BARTON SAMUEL BATES JAMES KINGSTON & DANIEL TURNER CHURCH WARDENS   W B
tenor 29-3-14 57¼ C# 1909 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  

Notes:

  1. The “W” in “SWAIN” is inverted on bell 8.
  2. All five “N”s are reversed on bell 10.
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU865931

Eating Places: Plenty in town

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