|Established January 17 1881|
|SS. Peter & Paul, Appleford, Oxon
Old North Berks branch of the ODG
SS. Peter & Paul, ApplefordęKMC 28 Nov 2003
Dedication: SS. Peter & Paul, Appleford
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Availability and Restrictions: Ringing by arrangement
The Bells (6) 8-0-0#
The following information comes from F. Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire.He visited the tower in 1939.
Frame: oak, John Warner & Sons 1886. Gear: 1886.
A ring of 6, tenor 8-0-0#, diameter 36¼”, tuned to A
|Treble||3-3-0#||F#||1886||John Warner & Sons||London||CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1886|
|2||4-1-0#||E||1886||John Warner & Sons||London||CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1886|
|3||4-3-0#||D||1886||John Warner & Sons||London||RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1886.
THOMAS LAWRENCE : RICHARD TRUELUCK : C.W.
HENRY BAGLEY OF WITNEY MADE ME 1710.
|4||5-0-0#||C#||1350#||Wokingham foundry||Wokingham||[Lion’s head F2] [Trefoil F5] [Coin]|
|5||6-3-0#||B||1450#||Wokingham foundry||Wokingham||[Crowned cross F4] Sancte Gabriel Ora Pro Nobis [Coin] [F2]|
|Tenor||8-0-0#||A||1886||John Warner & Sons||London||CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1886|
The name is thought to be derived from the nearby ford across the Thames, one of the few places south of Oxford where the river can be crossed on foot.
Fruit from orchards in Hagbourne and Harwell in Berkshire were caried over the ford to the Oxfordshire markets. In 1954 Arthur Napper owner of Bridge Farm dug up a hoard of several thousand Roman coins later dated to the period 320 - 350 A.D. King Alfred granted the village a charter in about 900 A.D.
The infamous highwayman, Dick Turpin, allegedly made his headquarters in Manor Farm, Church Street, when 'working' London - Oxford Road. The ford offered easy access for himself and his booty from the Oxfordshire side of the river to his hideaway in Berkshire. He ate his meals at an oak table belonging to the Pullen family, who farmed the land until the death of Harry Pullen in 1939. When his widow left the farm the contents were auctioned and the table sold for 100 guineas.
Further details can be found in; Appleford a Berkshire Villageby Vera Reynolds pub.1996 by Barnworks Publishing. ISBN: 1-899174-03-6The Ringing Chamber
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU531937. Park on strip of waste land outside church.
Eating Places: pub “The Carpenter's Arms”
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