The church bells

15th-16th century: If you search for "bells" on this website (see the menu on the left for Search) you can find all the people who left bequests for the bells.

18th century: the Gibbs family of bellringers

1845-46: churchwardens' accounts including bell-related expenses

1874: Buckingham Express, 31 Jan
MARRIAGE OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH. [Queen Victoria's son Alfred]
The loyal little town of Winslow was quite merry on Saturday evening last, a capital peal in honour of the auspicious event above named having been rung on the fine full-toned bells, six in number, and again on Sunday morning and evening, instead of being chimed they were rung out, a joyous peal being rung as if the hearts of the ringers were in their work.  The ringing was the more commendable as most of the ringers are under 17 years of age.  The ringing was under the direction of Dr. Newham and Mr. H. Jennings.  The following are the ringers who have only commenced this season, J. Grace, E. Varney, G. Howse, W. Viccars, W. Philips, T. Hamp.

1885: rehanging of the bells by John Warner & Sons.

1902: customs concerning the bells

1918: bells rung to celebrate the end of the First World War

2008: bells rehung by Whites of Appleton.

The bells are listed by Matthew Smith, Buckinghamshire Bells and Belfries (2019), as being inscribed as follows:

  1. In memory of Dorothy Lambton. P.F. Rudd, G. Ingram churchwardens, 1955. John Taylor & Co. founders, Loughborough.
  2. The people of Winslow gave me 1955
  3. Edward Hall made me 1730. [recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon] St John H. Beamish vicar 1929. Norman McCorquodale, William H. Stevens churchwardens.
  4. Rev. W.W. McCreight vicar 1848. Samuel Graves Dudley, Thomas Moorcroft churchwardens.
  5. Thomas Smalbons, Iohn Godwyn, Charles Boller cw 1670 [cast by Richard Keene of Woodstock]
  6. 1668
  7. 1668
  8. John Gibbs, John Dudley & Thomas Ingram churchwardens 1777. Pack & Chapman of London fecit.
  9. Sanctus bell: Robert Atton made me 1611. W Lounes, W Giles, T Tomlin, I Gilburd, W Litch benefacturs for casting this bell

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