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St. Mary, Shaw-cum-Donnington, Berks
Newbury branch of the ODG
St. Mary, Shaw-cum-Donnington
St. Mary, Shaw-cum-Donnington
Dedication: St. Mary, Shaw-cum-Donnington

Service Ringing: Sun 9.30 (3) By arrangement

Practice night: Fri 7.30pm By arrangement

The Bells (6) 7-0-12

Access to ringing chamber: Ground floor

The following information comes from F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire. He visited the tower in 1946.

Frame: two tier steel (1,2 above).
Gear: Cast iron headstock(1), Elm headstocks(2-6), Plate gudgeons, Plain brass bearings, Traditional English-type wheels,Traditional stays.
Tenor now 7-0-12.

A ring of 6, tenor 7-2-0#, tuned to A
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Strike
Note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 3-2-1 F# 1925 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON. 1925. [Whitechapel Foundry mark]
2 3-3-0# E 1902 John Warner & Sons London CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LTD., LONDON.
A.D. 1902.
3 4-2-0# D 1878 John Warner & Sons London CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1878.
4 5-0-0# C# 1540# John Sanders Reading [Chertsey Arms Fig 7] sanc ta an na ora pro no bis
5 6-1-0# B 1631 Ellis Knight I Reading FEAR GOD X63X
Tenor 7-2-0# A 1878 John Warner & Sons London RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1878

Notes:

  1. The tenor weight of 7-0-12 comes from the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ Annual Report, 2005
History:

Shaw House is the largest Elizabethan mansion in Berkshire.

Shaw House
Shaw House KMC 12 Sep 2004

It was built in 1581 for Thomas Dolman, a wealthy clothier. King Charles I is said to have slept there after the second Battle of Newbury during the Civil War in October 1644.

It has had a varied career since then; most recently it was a school.

In 2005 it was bought by the Newbury District Council which has a project partially funded by the National Lottery to restore the House and promote tourism in the area.



Church facilities: Toilet in church rooms

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU475683 - Public car park

Local points of interest for non ringers:

Continue on past the church to find the largest Elizabethan mansion in Berkshire, Shaw House, built in 1581, for a wealthy clothier, Thomas Dolman.

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