The first record of any bells in our Church was on 23rd July 1552, when it was recorded that there were “fower gret belles and a sangtes bell”. It can be assumed that these were the bells from Notley Abbey (a short distance across the fields from the parish church), as we know the bells of the Abbey were recast in 1535, and it is reported in the early part of the 18th century that “Nottley Abbey, in the parish of Long Crendon, surrendered in December 1539 (the suppression of the monasteries) and the five great bells anciently hanging in the Abbey Steeple were removed to the parish church of Crendon”. These bells were hung in an oak frame, and in 1768 the bells were recast into a peal of 8 at the Whitechapel Bellfoundry. The original oak frame was modified to accommodate the new bells, and this frame survived until 1991 when the bells were removed, re-tuned, and augmented to 10, by the addition of two trebles cast at the Whitechapel Bellfoundry. The 10 bells were hung in a new frame by Whites of Appleton. In 2007 a second-hand bell was purchased by the ringers to replace the poorly toned 8th bell (number 6 of the original ring of 8), which had previously been recast in 1902 by H Bond of Burford. This bell was cast in 1764 at the Whitechapel Bellfoundry, thus restoring our bells to be all from the one foundry.
Our enthusiastic band of ringers spans across all age ranges and they come from all walks of life, possessing many talents which are put to good use in our church and further afield. We ring regularly for Sunday services and other special services, and practice on a Thursday evening when we regularly attract a good following.
Ringing practice is Thursday evening, 7.30.p.m.
Contact: Andrew Haseldine
Tel : 01844 208948