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St. Michael, Lambourn, Berks
Newbury branch of the ODG
St. Michael, Lambourn
St. Michael, Lambourn
Dedication: St. Michael, Lambourn

Service Ringing: Sun 10.30 (2,4)

Practice night: Thu 8.00pm (by arrangement except lent)

The Bells (8) 20-2-0

Access to ringing chamber: External door to spiral staircase

Bell weights Lambourn 1950
Bell weights 1950 KMC 29 Apr 2004
Rehung on ball bearings by Gillett & Johnston



Bell weights Lambourn 1969
Bell weights 1969 KMC 29 Apr 2004
Retuned and rehung with new fittings by Whitechapel

The following information comes from Andrew Bull. The inscriptions are copied from F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire. He visited the tower in 1939.

Frame: Metal, low; Warner 1892.
Gear: Cast iron headstocks, Fixed steel gudgeons, Self-aligning ball-bearings, Traditional English type wheels, Traditional stays; Whitechapel Bellfoundry 1969.

A ring of 8, tenor 20-2-0, diameter 51” tuned to D
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Strike
Note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 5-1-3 D 1804 James Wells Aldbourne JAMES WELLS ALDBOURN WILTS FECIT .·. .·. .·. .·. .·. .·.
2 6-0-7 C# 1742 Henry Bagley III Witney HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE IT IS TRW IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD J742 ::::
::::::::::::
3 7-1-12 B 1639 John Wiseman Montacute AN • NO • DO • MI • NI • 1639 I W
4 8-3-5 A 1637 Nathaniel Bolter [Cross]ANNO DOMINI 1637
5 10-0-17 G 1892 John Warner & Sons London RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LTD. LONDON 1892.
THOMAS SPICER &JASON WITHERS CH WARDENS JAMES WELLS ALDBOURN WILTS FECIT 1804
6 10-2-24 F# 1639 John Wiseman Montacute ANNO DOM[other defaced letters]
7 14-0-9 E 1637 Nathaniel Bolter [Cross]ANNO DOMINI 1637
Tenor 20-2-0 D 1637 Nathaniel Bolter [Cross] COME • WHEN • I • CAL • TOSERVE • G O D A LL 1 6 37

Notes:

  1. †Nathaniel Bolter was part of the Purdue/Bolter group who founded in the West Country.
  2. Inscription on the Tenor, copied from F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire.
Tenor inscription


Architecture:

Norman North door, Lambourn
Norman North Door KMC 29 Apr 2004


Points of interest in church:

A late Norman church with a prominent crossing tower, all four crossing arches are in good repair. Interesting carvings and a North Door.

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU326789 - Park in Market square car park

Local points of interest for non ringers:
  • Racehorse training on the Lambourn Downs, but you have to be up early to see them
  • Severn barrows, ancient burial site in Upper Lambourn, actually has over 20 with examples of bell, bowl, disc and twin barrows.

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