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St. John the Baptist, Little Marlow, Bucks
East Berks & South Bucks branch of the ODG
St. John the Baptist, Little Marlow
St. John the Baptist, Little Marlow İBM 27 Feb 2005
Dedication: St. John the Baptist, Little Marlow

Availability and Restrictions Unringable

The Bells (3) 7-0-0# tuned to Bb

Most of the bell information below comes from John E. Hearn The Rings and Chimes Of Buckinghamshire Churches, page 65. The inscriptions are from A.H.Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, page 512.

The low west embattled Early English tower has three stages and houses a ring of three bells and a clock. The Bells were rung from the ground floor. The Bells are now (May 1994) dilapidated and unfortunately cannot be rung or chimed. The tower is also in a very dangerous condition. The Bells were rung from the ground floor.

A ring of 3; tenor 7-1-0#, diameter 34¼”.
Bell Weight
Diameter Date
Founder Foundry
treble 3-3-0# 25½ 1873 George Mears & Co. Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank, founders, London, 1873
2 5-1-0# 29¼ 1757 Thomas Swain Longford THOS [coin] SWAIN [Bell Fig.50] MADE [Founder’s mark Fig.51] ME • IN [Fig.50] J757 [Fig.51]
tenor 7-1-0# 34¼ 1777 Thomas Swain Longford THOS : SWAINE [Founder’s mark Fig.51] MADE ME [Fig.51] IN J777 [four coins] [Fig.51 twice]


  1. The tenor weight of 7-0-0# in the main file is the estimate quoted by Dove.
  2. The treble inscription is in gothic script.
  3. The marks indicated by “•” in the second are shown as 20-petaled flowers in Cocks.
  4. The founder’s marks (Fig.51) on the tenor have “THOS Swain Fecit” written beneath them.
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: U874878

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