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SS. Peter & Paul, Medmenham, Bucks
East Berks & South Bucks branch of the ODG
SS. Peter & Paul, Medmenham
SS. Peter & Paul, Medmenham İBM 07 Mar 2005
Dedication: SS. Peter & Paul, Medmenham

The Bells (3) 7-0-0#

Access to ringing chamber: Ground floor

Dove gives the note of the Tenor as Bb
The inscriptions, dates and founders come from A.H. Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, page 519.
The weights are from J.E.Hearn The Rings and Chimes of Buckinghamshire Churches, page 65.

A ring of 3; tenor 7-1-0#, diameter 34¾”,tuned to Bb
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
treble 4-3-0# 28½   1691 Samuel Knight Reading HENRY DEA NE
WILLIAM BLVNDELL CW SK 1691
2 6-0-0# 31¼   1624 Ellis Knight I Reading THIS BELL WAS MADE 1624
tenor 7-1-0# 34¾ Bb 1666 Henry II and Ellis II Knight Reading IOHN KEENE IEREMY BRIDEN C[L3]W H[Shield K3]K 1666

Notes:

The Village:

The village of Medmenham lies where the Chiltern hills meet the river Thames in Buckinghamshire in the Hundred of Desborough, one of the ‘Chiltern Hundreds’.

The first known settlement here was at Danesfield in about 2500 BC. The Danesfield iron age hill fort high above the village dates from around 1700 BC. Hugh de Bolbee built a castle around 1100 AD, later occupied by Ralph de Cobham. The earthworks are still visible.

Now the village is dominated by the three estates of Medmenham Abbey, Wittington and Danesfield, created in the late 19th century.

The Church:

The Parish church of St Peter was founded in 650 AD, rebuilt around 1150 and much restored in 1844. It is built of a mixture of flint and chalk. The perpendicular western tower was rendered in 1987; it contains three bells (two dated 1624 and 1691) There is a pit for a fourth; legend says that the fourth bell was sold to help ransom Richard I in 1189.

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU805845

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