Research into the seemingly oddly named Silver Street in Chacombe led me to discover stories of Henry Bagley and his boys who cast church bells at a local foundry located at the top of Silver Street in the village of Chacombe between 1605 and 1785. 441 bells in churches and cathedrals are listed as being cast by the Bagley family. The bells were richly decorated with patterns, motifs and text including bells at Chacombe inscribed ‘ring tunefully and you shall have as much beer as is good for you’ and ‘I ring to sermon with a lusty tone that all may come and none may stay at home’.
The metal for the foundry was transported to Banbury by canal and then by wagon to the village. Allegedly women of the village would throw their silver jewellery in with the molten metal at the very moment the bells were being cast believing this additive would impart an exceptionally sweet tone to the bells!