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Abington, Northampton.      St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 2005.

Ntn.          SP 77526 61485
                                                                                                                                                                                                
    2005  TE&S  {
Waist: GIVEN IN MEMORY OF / KATHERINE AND ROBERT MALONEY / BY
THEIR DAUGHTER JUDITH / DECEMBER 2005
Opposite: 20 (Taylor’s circular mark) 05
    2005  TE&S  {
Waist: IN MEMORY OF ALBERT WARD / A MUCH LOVED HUSBAND, / FATHER
AND GRANDFATHER. / RING OUT YE BELLS
Opposite: 20 (Taylor’s circular mark) 05           
3 (1)  [*]  1809  JB    JOHN BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1809. 
4 (2)  [** 1811  JB   JOHN BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1811.  J. HARRIS. C : W :
(3)  [***]  1810  JB    JOHN BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1810.  
    2005  TE&S  {
Waist: ALL GLORY TO GOD / ALL HEAV’N WITH JOY IS RINGING / CHURCHWARDENS
– DONALD LOE AND JOHN LANGLEY / RECTOR – REV STEPHEN ADAMS
Opposite: 20 (Taylor’s circular mark) 05
             
           Earlier bells, pre 1809 

  [1*]  ?  
    [2**   In Multis Annis Resonet Campana Johannis. 
    [3***]    Sum Rosa Pulsata Mundi Maria Vocata.
             

  [S]  ?   1764. 
             

Abthorpe, near Towcester.        St. John the Baptist Church.

SP 64937 46519

1792   EA                                                     
       

Achurch (or Thorpe Achurch).       St. John the Baptist Church.

Thr.      TL 02133 83131
         
  1861  JT  TAYLOR & Co..  LOBORO  A.D. 1861. 
(*) 1898  JT   
(**)  1898  JT   
  1735  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI : 1735 : THO : EAYRE KETTERING FECIT : : 
         
    Earlier bells 

(2*)  1675  Tb3N  GOD SAVE THE KING 1675. 

(3**)  1711  HP  HENRY PENN FVSRE 1711. 
         
Frame inscription  W. SELBY C. W.  1816.  
         

Adstone, near Towcester.     All Saints' Church.    Chimed.

SP 59574 51374

(1*)  1902  JWs   
                 
    Earlier No.(1*) bell 

(1*)  c1827     

Alderton,      St. Margaret's Church.

Tow.        SP 74041 46907 
           
  1848  JT    J. TAYLOR & Co. FOUNDERS LOUGHBRO 1848. 
(*)  1923  AB     
  c1365  JR    AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA 
  1848  JT    J. TAYLOR & Co. FOUNDERS LOUGHBRO 1848. 
5   1670  H1B  THIS BELL WAS GIVEN BY NICOLAS BVTLER OF LONDON SITTEZNE 1670 
HENRICVS BAGLE ME FECIT. 
           
    Earlier No.(2*) bell 
  (2*)  1670  H1B    THOMAS CLARKE AND HENRY GREAD  CHVRCHWARDENS 1670. H. B. 
           

Aldwincle,  All Saints' Church.               Churches Conservation Trust.
     
TL 01111 81521
   
           
  1905  JT  AD GLORIAM DEI 1905 
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark)
           
    Previous bells were recast in 1903 forming the new bells for St. Peter's Church, Aldwincle.            
  (1)  1720  T1E    GRATA SIT ARGVTA RESONANS CAMPANVLA VOCE GLORIA DEO SOLI  1720. 
  (2)  1830      1830. 
  (3)  1724  T1E    IHS : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI : GLORIA DEO SOLI 
T. EAYRE 1724. 
  (4)  1637  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1637. 
  (5)  1720  T1E    IHS : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI : GLORIA PATRI FILIO ET
SPIRITUI SANCTO  1720.
           


Aldwincle, St. Peter's Church.      Augmented to 5 bells in 1903.

Thr.        TL 00607 81861 
                      
1
} 1903   

JT

AD GLORIAM DEI 1903
2
} AD GLORIAM DEI 1903
3
AD GLORIAM DEI 1903
4
AD GLORIAM DEI 1903
5
} AD GLORIAM DEI 1903
           
    Previous bells were recast in 1903 by JT along with bell metal from All Saints' Church, Aldwincle.   
 
(1)  1843
JT
  J. TAYLOR FECIT LOUGHBR1843.  
 
(2)  1724
T1E
  IHS : NAZARENUS REX : JUDEORUM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI : GLORIA PATRI FILIO ET  
SPIRITUI SANCTO  THO : EAYRE :  1724, 
 
(3)  1585
    ANNO DM 1585.
           

Apethorpe, East Northants.      St. Leonard's Church.

TL 02487 95703

  (1)   1629  TmN  JOHN STOT GAVE THIS BELL 1629.  G B   B B  V   J O   G  K 
  (2)     HP  (No inscription).
  (3)   1671  TmN  THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1671.  A S   G G  
1/1   (4)   c1599  Nomen ( *....... ) Campana melodie Geret    (* Name of Saint removed from bell)  
         

Arthingworth,     St. Andrew's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1999.

Kett.        SP 75470 81420
                                                                                                                                                        
  1999  JTBF  {
19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 99 
Waist: RING CHEERFULLY / FOR MY FATHER, / PATRICK BROWNE
/ KT. OF THRIPLOW / LOUISA DEAS / 1999
(1)  1695  H2B    EX DONO THOME LANGHAM ESQ   HENRICVS BAGLEY  ME FECIT 1695. 
3 (2)  1775  EA    EDWARD ARNOLD ST NEOTS HUNTINGDONSHIRE FECIT 1775. 
(3)  c1510  Mg    Celorum xte placeat tibi rex sonus iste. 
(4)  c1598  RN
or N&W 
  IHESVS BE OVR SPID. 
6 (5)  1878  JT    J : TAYLOR & CO.. FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1878. 
           
    Earlier No.5 bell    

(5)  1589  N&W    FEARE GOD AND OBEAI THE QWENE 1589

Ashby St. Ledgers,   The Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Leodegarius Church.

Dav.      SP 57318 68203 
         
  1641  H2W  IH'S :  NAZARENVS  REX : IVDEORVM  FILI : DEI  MISERERE : MEI  1641.
  1630  H2W  IH'S :  NAZARENVS  REX : IVDEORVM  FILI : DEI  MISERERE : MEI  1630. 
(3)  1806  JB  W: COLE & W: BAWCUTT C:W   JOHN BRIANT  HERTFORD   FECIT  1806. 
  1630  H2W  CVM . SONO . SI . NON . VIS . VENIRE . NVNQVAM . AD . PRECES . CVPIES . IRE  1630. 
         
  c1630  H2W   
         
     Earlier No.3 bell 
  (3)  1681  MB  John Boys and Richard Gill Churchwardens Matthew Bagley made mee 1681. 

Ashley,   St. Mary the Virgin Church.

Kett.    SP 79411 91013
       
1796  RT  ROBT. WADE C. WARDEN  ROBT. TAYLOR FECIT 1796. 
1796  RT  ROBT. WADE CHURCHWARDEN  ROBT. TAYLOR ST. NEOTS FECIT 1796. 
c1595  H1W  ABCD  EFGHI  KLMNO 
1796  RT  ROBT. WADE CHURCHWARDEN  ROBT. TAYLOR ST. NEOTS FECIT 1796. 
1848  JTs  JOHN TAYLOR & SON FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH LATE OF OXFORD & SAINT NEOTS 1848.  
       

Ashton, near Oundle.       St Mary Magdalene Chapel.       Chimed.

TL 05500 88300

  19th.c   
       

Ashton, near Towcester.     St. Michael & All Angels Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1931.  

Tow.        SP 76518 49977                                           Anti-clockwise rope layout.         
           
  1931  JT  Waist: 1931
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark)
2 (1)  1631  JK     
3 (2)  1631  JK     
4 (3)  1849  JTs    PRYCE JEMSON JONES TAYLOR  LOUGHBOROUGH FECIT  MDCCCXLIX. 
5 (4)  1699  H2B    WILLIAM RODELL  ANTHONY BELL C. W.   HENRICVS BAGLEY ME FECIT 1699.
           
  1849  JTs    PRYCE JEMSON JONES TAYLOR  LOUGHBOROUGH FECIT  MDCCCXLIX.  
           
      Note: P.J.J. Taylor was the 3rd. son of John Taylor senior.
 

Ashwell, Rutland.       St. Mary's Church.         Currently un-ringable.

Rut.      SK 86561 13749
                     
1850  CGM    MISERICORDIAS DOMINI IN ETERNUM CANTABO. B. B. 1850. C ET G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT. 
1760  T1H  EX DONO BARTHOLEMEI BVRTON ARMIGERI ANNO DOM 1760.  JOHN CHAMBERLAIN  C. W.
THO. HEDDERLY FOVNDER. 
1708  WmNn    GOD SAVE QVEEN ANNE  ANNO DOMINI 1708. 
1708  WmNn    TEMPORE JOHANNI BVLL ET NICHOLAI COALE  WARDENS 1708. 
1786  EA    EDWD ARNOLD LEICESTER 1786.  
1708  WmNn    Hec Campana Sacra Fiat Trinitate Beata 1708. 
         

Aston Le Walls, South Northants.      St. Leonard's Church.      Hung dead.

SP 49549 50808

(*)  1938  TB    1592.  RECAST 1938 BY T. BOND. BELLFOUNDER. BURFORD. OXON.
  1608    + S  +   S  +  S  1608
(** 1938  TB  HENRY. BAGLEE. MADE. MEE. 1649. RECAST 1938. G.A. YOUNG. RECTOR :
Soundbow:  : T. BOND. FOUNDER. BURFORD. OXON :
           
  c1700      No inscription 
                                                                                                                                                       
     Earlier bells 

(1*)  1592    ........ 1592. 

(3** 1649  H1B    HENRY BAGLEE MADE MEE 1649.  
           

Aynho,     St. Michael's Church.      Augmented to 8 bells in 1870.

Cw.          SP 51439 33062
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
[1*]    1910  JT  DEO ET ECCELSIÆ / WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT, 1870. / FAIRFAX LEIGHTON CARTWRIGHT,
1910.
[2*] 
1910  JT  DEO ET ECCELSIÆ / WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT, 1870. / FAIRFAX LEIGHTON CARTWRIGHT,
1910.
  (1/6)  1698  H2B    HENRICVS BAGLEY ME FECIT EX DONO THOMAE CARTWRIGHT ARMIGERI 1698. 

(2/6)  1649  H1B    MARY CARTWRIGHT GAVE THIS BELL  H.B. 1649. 

(3/6)  1635  JK    GOD SAVE OVR KING 1635. 
6 [6**   1975  WBF     
  (5/6)  1603  JsC    THIS BELL WAS MADE 1603  I.  A.  
[8*]    1910  JT  + ROBERT   ATTON MADE ME 1617 / 
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1910 
             
    c1599      ABCDEFGHIKLMNOPQRST 
             
     Bells, recast in 1910 by JT.  

[1*]    1870  JWs  DEO ET ECCLESIAE GENERAL WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT 1870 
CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1870. 

[2*]    1870  JWs  DEO ET ECCLESIAE GENERAL WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT 1870  
CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1870.  

[8*]  (6/6) 1617  RA    ROBERT ATTON MADE ME 1617. 
     Bell, recast in 1975 by WBF. 

[6**] (4/6)  1620 RA    ROBERT ATTON MADE ME  1620 

 


 

Ayston, Rutland.     St. Mary the Virgin Church.      Churches Conservation Trust.

Rut.    SK 85939 00965 
       
c1550  R1N  AMBROSE 
c1365  JR  AVE REX GENTIS ANGLORVM 
1626  Tb1N  NON VERBO SED VOCE RESONABO DOMINE LAVDEM 1626.  B HILL  R BOYCE  CH WA    
TOBIE NORRIS CAST ME 
1877  JT  J. TAYLOR & CO. FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1877.  LAUS DEO 
       










^^^  Bell locations, table layout only  ^^^

Bell No.    (Previous/earlier bell No.)    Date    Founder    Special attributes   Inscription 
Column
  Extra columns 1a,1b, displayed
where applicable.
(Bell No.) in brackets. 
  Column
2
  Column
 3
  Auxiliary column 3a,
displayed
where applicable 
  Column


All tabulated abbreviations :
c = circa ..........  ? = uncertainty .......... preR = pre-reformation date ............... rc = recast ............... unr = unringable ..............

Auxiliary bell types >>>  S = Sanctus;    Sv = Service;    C = Clock;    A = Angelus;    B = Bourdon;    Un = Unused;    Dis = Disused;
 

Special attributes abbreviations : 
KT = Keltek Trust ...... RH = Royal-headed bell ...... 
RHrc = Royal-headed bell recast ...... ChCT = Churches Conservation Trust ......

Branch abbreviations as and where used.
Cw = Culworth; ..... Dav = Daventry; ..... Gsb = Guilsborough; ..... Kett = Kettering; ..... Ntn = Northampton; ..... Pet; ..... Peterborough; ..... Rut = Rutland; ..... Thr = Thrapston; ..... Tow = Towcester; ..... Well = Wellingborough;

Founder abbreviations.

A : EA - Edward Arnold.........  B&RA - Bartholomew & Robert Atton......  BA - Bartholomew Atton......  RA - Robert Atton;

Bagley : Bg - Bagley (generic)...... HB - Henry Bagley...... H1B - Henry I Bagley...... H2B - Henry II Bagley...... H3B - Henry III Bagley...... MB - Matthew Bagley...... M1B - Matthew I Bagley...... M3B - Matthew III Bagley...... WB - William Bagley;

B : JhBb - John Barber...... JB&C - James Barwell & Co...... TmBt - Thomas Bett...... RcB - Richard Benetlye...... WmBs - William Blews & Sons...... TB - Thomas Bond...... AB - Alfred Bowell...... BrF - Brassfounders...... JB - John Briant...... TmsB - Thomas Bullisdon...... BsEF - Bury St. Edmunds Foundry; 

C : CC - Charles Carr...... JsC - Joseph Carter...... RbC - Robert Catlin...... RC - Robert Chamberlain...... WC - William Chamberlain...... R3C - Richard III Chandler...... Ch&M - Chapman & Mears...... P&C - Pack & Chapman...... TC - Thomas Clay...... JdeC - John de Colsale...... CvSS - Covington of Stony Stratford;

D : JDB - John Danyell successor 'Brede' ...... MD - Michael Darbie...... WmD - William Dawe...... WD - William Dobson; 

Eayre : JE - Joseph Eayre...... T1E - Thomas I Eayre...... T2E - Thomas II Eayre...... T&JE - Thomas & John Eayre; 

E : IE - Islip Edmunds...... Eijs - Eijsbouts...... B2E - Bryan II Eldridge...... WmE - William Emerton;

F : WdeF - William de Flint;

G : G&J - Gillett & Johnson...... CG - Christopher Graye;

H : EH - Edward Hall...... TmHr - Thomas Harrys...... WH - William Haulsey...... SdeH - Symon de Hazfelde...... GgH - George Hedderly...... T1H - Thomas I Hedderly...... EdwH - Edward Hemins...... JsHe - Jo[h]anna Hille...... RHe - R. Hille...... JH - John Hodson...... RcH - Richard Holdfield;  

K : JhK - John Kebyll...... JK - James Keene...... RK - Richard Keene...... E1K - Ellis I Knight;

L : RgL - Roger Landen...... L&P - Lester & Pack...... LeicF - Leicester Foundry...... LdnF - London Foundry...... LBS - London Foundry, Balcombe Shield;

Mears : CGM - Charles & George Mears...... GMc - George Mears & Co...... GM - George Mears...... GMs - George Mears & Son...... TMs - Thomas Mears & Son...... T1M - Thomas I Mears...... T2M - Thomas II Mears...... M&S - Mears & Stainbank...... Ch&M - Chapman & Mears; 

M : Mg - Mellours (generic)...... RcM - Richard Mellours...... RM - Robert Mellours...... RbMt - Robert Mot; 

Newcombe : N - Newcombe...... Ng - Newcombe (generic)...... N&W - Newcombe & Watts...... EN - Edward Newcombe...... T1N - Thomas I Newcombe...... T2N - Thomas II Newcombe...... R1N - Robert I Newcombe ........ R2N - Robert II Newcombe;

N : NV&C - Naylor Vickers & Co...... WmNn - William Noone;

Norris : MwN - Matthew Norris...... TmN - Thomas Norris...... Tb1N - Tobias I Norris...... Tb3N - Tobias III Norris;  

O : H2O - Henry II Oldfield...... TO - Thomas Osborn;

P : P&C - Pack & Chapman...... L&P - Lester & Pack...... HP - Henry Penn...... RPd - R. Purdue;

R : AxR - Alexander Rigby......TR - Thomas Russell;

Rudhall : A1R - Abraham I Rudhall ........ A2R - Abraham II Rudhall ........ TRud - Thomas Rudhall ........ Rd-g - Rudhall (generic); 

Rufford : Rg - Rufford (generic) ........ JR - John Rufford ......... WR - William Rufford; 

S : RcS - Richard Sanders...... Skg - Seliok (generic)...... JS - John Seliok...... Rc2S - Richard II Seliok...... JhS - John Sleyt...... RS - Robert Stainbank...... M&S - Mears & Stainbank...... JStd - John Sturdy...... StmF - Stamford Foundry; 

Taylor : JT - John Taylor & Co......  JTs - John Taylor & Son......  JTss - John Taylor & Sons...... JTy - John Taylor (Buckland Brewer, Oxford, Loughborough)......  JTBF - J. Taylor Bell Founders......
RT - Robert Taylor......  RTs - Robert Taylor & Son......  RTss - Robert Taylor & Sons......  W&JT - William & John Taylor......  WT - William Taylor...... TE&S - Taylor, Eayre & Smith; 

W : JWs - J. Warner & Sons...... WG - Wesley Group...... WBF - Whitechapel Bell Foundry...... JhWy - John Woolley...... RcW - Richard Wood...... WorcF - Worcester Foundry...... RdeW - Richard de Wymbis(h);

Watts : W - Watts......Wg - Watts (generic)......FW - Francis Watts...... H1W - Hugh I Watts...... H2W - Hugh II Watts...... WW - William Watts...... N&W - Newcombe & Watts;

Y : JY - John Yorke (John of York)


Acknowledgements :
  • Daventry branch inscription inventories; Guilsborough branch inscription inventory;
  • John Taylor Bellfoundry Archives, (kindly extracted by Chris Pickford, co-archivist at the J.T. Bellfoundry Museum and Archives).
  • Geoff Pullin - PDGCBR; Barry Care - Moulton; Brian Hardie - Nassington; Chris Dalton; Ringing World; Michael Lee - Fotheringhay;
  • The Bells of St. Lawrence, Towcester; 
  • "Church Bells of Northamptonshire" & "Church Bells of Rutland", both books by Thomas North;
  • Dove's Guide; 
  • 1989 PDGCBR inventory by Denis Pearson;
  • Inventory of The Church Bells of Northamptonshire and Rutland in 1938 by Rev. E. S. Powell, M.A.
  • Photographs taken by the author©, except one, where otherwise mentioned.©A.Hiams.

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