Nettlebed – St Bartholomew


Ring of 6 bells (5-3-17 / 300kg) in the key of B.


OS map ref. SU 698867 (map 175)
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In the Old Church Hall car park (shared with School, Life and Field Kitchen) about 20 yards on the Henley side before the church, free spaces available depending on other village activities.


Via the side door after the main church door, through kitchen and up 27 steps with shallow risers and a handrail.
Draught is 14′ 6″
Audible bells.

Service ringing

Sundays 10.30am – 11.00 am
5th Sundays should be checked on the Church Website

Practice ringing

Wednesday evenings – 8.00 – 9.15pm.


Emergency back-up lighting.
First Aid box.
Toilet under the ringing chamber
Kitchen on way in
Rope dryer
Electric heaters

Belfry fittings

One clock hammer
No sound control measures
Roller bearings
Ash stays
Metal frame. New frame in 2000 and bells retuned when the canons were removed from all of the bells.


9 ringers
No longer any bell-handling training
Occasional quarter peals are rung
Favourite method – Nettlebed Doubles
Other events include Annual BBQ and New Year’s Eve get-togethers.

Bell details

No. Weight  cwt qr lb Note Date Cast Founder
1 2-3-13 G# 1846 Charles & George Mears
2 3-0-5 F# 1846 Charles & George Mears
3 3-0-21 E 1846 Charles & George Mears
4 4-0-18 D# 1846 Charles & George Mears
5 4-0-26 C# 1846 Charles & George Mears
6 5-3-17 B 1846 Charles & George Mears


The tenor weight was 6-3-27 until it was tuned in 2000 by Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
4 peal boards (including one being made)
3 ringers first pealer’s peal ( waiting for this board)
2 John Piper windows in the Church