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Bourton-on-the-Hill, St Lawrence

St Lawrence Church is on the South side of the A44 about half way down (or up if you prefer) the hill that contributes to the name of Bourton-on-the-Hill. There is nowhere particularly convenient to park but I found a place on a small road that runs parallel to the A44 just to the South.

The ringing room is reached by climbing a short spiral staircase whose entrance is from inside the tower. The room provides plenty of room to ring the six bells and has seating for several more besides.

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The Bells

The tower has a ring of 6 bells with a tenor weighing 11-1-27 in F. Bells #1 and #2 were cast by John Rudhall of Gloucester in 1792. They both have inscriptions but they were not very clear. Bell #3 was recast by Mears & Stainbank of London in 1873, dunno what the original was. Finally, the remaining three bells are the oldest and were cast by Henry Bagley I of Chacombe in 1677. Dove's Guide includes details of the bells at St Lawrence and more information is provided by the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.

BellNoteDiameter Weight Inscription
1 Dove's Guide
to the bells at St Lawrence
Rudhall 1792
3Recast 1873 by M & S /
reader thou also must know a resurrection or renewal
4Henricvs Bagley me fecit 1677
5Henry Bagley made mee 1677
TenorThat all may come and non may stay at home I ring to sermon with a LVSTY bome 1677
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