From Churches

OS: SP500194 show on a map

Kirtlington, St Mary the Virgin

The parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kirtlington is situated, appropriately enough, at the end of Church Lane in the east of the village. There is limited parking at the end of Church Lane but it was suggested to us that we should park at the nearby Village Hall and walk the short distance to the churchyard.

The ringing room is reached by climbing a 26 step stone spiral staircase. The entrance door is on the outside north face of the tower. The room is painted white and is pretty big with lots of seating and plenty of room to ring the 8 bells. There is a large clock mechanism and a fair bit of clutter.

2013-01-17    [ expand ]

The Bells

The tower has a ring of 8 bells with a tenor weighing 16-1-19 in E. Dove's Guide includes details of the bells at St Mary the Virgin and more information is provided by the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

Bell  Inscription
1 Dove's Guide
to the bells at
St Mary the Virgin
Robert Dashwood.  1718.
I was recast by the gift of the Diocesan Guild of Ringers.  1938.
2Robert Dashwood.  1718.
Recast by C & G. Mears, London  1853
3Sing to the Lord a new song. HB. MA.  1718
Recast at the expense of the Parish  1870
4His sound shall be heard in the Holy Place
Henry Bagley made this ring to be seen in the year of Our Lord  1718
5And the fifth sounded. HB.  1718
6The Kingdoms of the World and our Lords.  1718
Be it known to all that do me see that H. Bagley he made me.
7Christ shall reign for ever and ever
H. Bagley made me.  1718
I to the Church the living call
and to the grave do summon all.
A(Bell) R.  1753
Sanctus HB. MA.  1718     Re-hung 1765.
Walter Pryor  Thomas Kerby  Churchwardens
Valid XHTML logo for GEO microformat