The Bells

A western tower containing a ring of six bells; Tenor 32 ½” diameter in C and a Sanctus bell 13 ½” in diameter.

BELL

DESCRIPTION

CWT

QRS

LBS

Treble Mears and Stainbank.  Whitechapel Foundry, London 1859.
“O hark to what it sings
As joyously it rings
May Jesus Christ be praised”

3

0

4

2nd Robert Costard.  John Gibbs C.W.  1708

3

1

0

3rd Cantate Domino Canticum Nowm 1708

3

2

0

4th William Bagley and Henry Bagley mad us all 1708

3

3

0

5th William Bagley made mee 1708

4

1

0

Tenor W. Hinton & J. Baglees C. Wardens R. Taylor & Sons. Founders MDCCCXX1X

5

1

11

Sanctus Bell 1633  

2

0

From the Bagley bell catalogue, published in 1732, we learn that a ring of five was cast for Ducklington by W & H Bagley in 1708.  The tenor was recast by Messrs. Taylor in 1829 and the present treble added in 1889.  The Sanctus is by James Keene of Woodstock.  Two cannons of the 5th are missing.
The Sanctus is hung for chiming.
The gear of the tenor is by Messrs. Taylor and is contemporary with the bell.  The rest of the gear is by Mr F. White
From “The Church Bells of Oxfordshire” by Frederick Sharpe

St Bartholomew’s has a long established bell ringing team led by Tower Captain, Roger Barnes.

Training is on Wednesday evenings commencing at 7:30pm sometimes followed by a refreshing beverage or two at  The Bell – just to keep their strength up!

The team comprises all age groups and new ringers are always welcome – just contact Roger for more details.

We also have a hand bells team which, until recently, was led by Chris Putt who, for many years, was also the Tower Captain.  Harriet Warner (01993 778325) and Sally Craig (01993 772722) are now leading the team and you can contact either one of them for more information.  The hand bells team is also made up of a varied age group and is a skill that can be learnt by all – you do NOT need to be able to read music.  Practice night is Friday, in church, at 6:30pm – new members are always welcome.

 A Ringing up and down course was held on 30th November 2013 – you can see some of the pictures here.