|Established January 17 1881|
|St. Matthew, Harwell, Oxon
Old North Berks branch of the ODG
St. Matthew, Harwell ©MQ 2002
Bell weights etc.
Ringing Chamber Access
Refreshment places nearby
Dedication: St. Matthew, Harwell
Tower Correspondent: M Pepper, 10 Jennings Lane, Harwell, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0EP
Tel: 01235 835559
Service Ringing: Sun 10.30, 5.30
Practice night: Thu 8 - 9pm, joint with Chilton, weeks 1,3 in Harwell, 2,4 in Chilton, 5th week in the month contact tower correspondent for details.
Availability and Restrictions
The Bells (8) 16-1-26. There is one clock hammer to pull off. Further details. The back 6 are listed as worthy of preservation. They are the oldest ring of 6 in the world.
Access to ringing chamber: through a small door from the vestry at the west end of the aisle, 1st floor, spiral staircase, 26 steps +3 into ringing chamber; easy access to the belfry just carry on up the spiral staircase.
Points of interest in church.
One of the many large cruciform churches built along the Roman Portway, running from
east to west on the north side of the Berkshire Downs.
Formerly dedicated to St. Mary, most of the church was built in the 13th
This Grade I listed building has a nave roof built in 1220,
Early English stone carving on the nave capitals and chancel arch.
The west tower is ~1250.
A mediæval glass coat of arms in the E window commemorates Piers Gaveston,
ill-fated friend of Edward II.
The Harwell window was restored in 1981,
with donations from many of the descendants of Harwell residents
who emigrated to Virginia in 1636. Two wall hangings were made in 1985 to
commemorate 1000 years of the Royal Charter
A two floor extension was built on the North wall in 1975, a new church hall in 1994.
Church facilities: toilet and kitchen in Church extension. Children’s play area.
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU493890 Park cars in the road
Public Transport: Stagecoach buses from Wantage to Didcot railway station during the day.
Eating Places: 2 pubs on High Street, The White Hart and The Crispin
Local points of interest for non ringers:
Page last updated 23 Apr 2006
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