Great Oxendon.

Address :
St. Helen’s Church,
Harborough Road, Great Oxendon.
(Northamptonshire). LE16 8NB

Northamptonshire county border village.

This is another linear village, running not north to south as you might reasonably expect it to, following the main A508 road, but infact it actually runs east to west.

Great Oxendon & Lilbourne are the only two towers in the Guilsborough Branch that do not contain clocks.

Benefice:- Part of  The Faxton Group of Churches.

Dove’s Guide


5 Bells.

  • Treble. 1820. Thomas II Mears.      (4-2-7).
  • 2nd.       1886. John Taylor & Co.      (5-0-5).
  • 3rd.        1599. “Newcombe”.             (5-0-1).
  • 4th.        1853. John Warner & Co. (5-1-18).
  • Tenor.  1744. Thomas I Eayre. (Wt.7-0-2).
  • No Clock.

 Ground floor rope layout plan.

………..….west wall of tower……..…….

Tenor      Treble.

4th.                          2nd.

3rd.

…………↓open access to nave↓…………
Several steps up to ringing area from nave.

 <<< south door <<< EXIT                                       

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Accessibility to Church.

  • Short uphill Church drive from main road to car park.
  • Level approach path from car park to south door, followed by two steps down into Nave of Church.

Observations.

  • Ground floor ringing area accessed via several steps from Nave.
  • Good rope circle.
  • Good tonal qualities.
  • Long overall rope drop between wheels and ground level.
  • Long rope draughts with guides.
  • Some of the ropes subjectively require more attention to control than others.

Technical attributes.

  • Composite wooden & metal frame.
  • Hastings stays.

Church car park holds up to four cars.

  • Also, limited car parking either side of church drive, next to main road.

The Earlier Bells.

  • Records show there were 4 bells in 1878 :-
  • Treble.  1820.
  • 2nd.      “Alphabet bell”. Newcombe.
  • 3rd.        1853. John Warner & Son.
  • Tenor.  1744. Thomas I Eayre.

Inscriptions, (Pre 1878 bell line-up in brackets).

  1. (1) 1820
  2. (2) ABCDE FGH KLMNOP QRST
  3. (3) JOHN WARNER & SON FOUNDERS LONDON 1853.
  4. (4) OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI JOHN JOHNSON & PETER BERRY C : W. A : D. 1744 T. E.

Notes : Present No.3 bell, further inscription inspection required.

No.5 translation : [ let all be done to the glory of God ….. ]

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