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St. Mary, Hampstead Norreys, Berks
Newbury branch of the ODG
St. Mary, Hampstead Norreys
St. Mary, Hampstead Norreys
Dedication: St. Mary, Hampstead Norreys

Service Ringing: By arrangement

Practice night: By arrangement

The Bells (6) 10-0-0#

Access to ringing chamber: Ground floor

The following information comes from F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire. He visited the tower in 1941.

Frame: Oak arranged diagonally, c.18.
Gear: Elm headstocks, Hoop gudgeons, Self-aligning ball-bearings, Traditional English-type wheels, Traditional stays.

A ring of 6, tenor 11-0-0#, diameter 40’, tuned to G
Bell Weight
Founder Foundry
Treble 4-1-0# E 1703 Samuel Knight Reading SAMVELL KNIGHT MADE MEE THE LEDER OF THIS RING TO BEE 1703
2 4-3-0# D 1619 Henry Knight I Reading • HENRX KNIGHT MADE MEE X6X9
3 5-2-0# C 1637 Ellis Knight I Reading HONOR GOD X637
4 7-0-0# B 1674 Samuel Knight Reading Samuell Knight made me 1074 :::::
5 8-0-0# A 1930 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough : FEAR GOD © HONOUR © THEKING © TS © GD © CW : SK 1685
Eustace E. PALMER.
Tenor 11-0-0# G 1675 Ellis II & Henry Knight III Reading 1675
Sanctus 1-1-0#   1885 John Warner & Sons London J WARNER AND SONS LONDON 1885


  1. The tenor weight of 10-0-0# comes from the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ Annual Report, 2005.
  2. © represents a coin pressed into the bell.
  3. [T] is the Taylor Foundry mark.
Local points of interest for non ringers:

  • An unusual pyramid made of cast iron layers on the S side in the graveyard is a memorial to Job Lowsley who made a glossary of Berkshire dialect words in 1852
  • The Wyld Court Rain Forest Conservation Centre has extensive glass houses holding rare plants and animals whose existence in the wild is threatened by tropical rain forest logging. Brown tourist signs from the intersection of the A34 and the M4 at Chieveley
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU529763 - Park in street

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