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B1 - Badby to Bozeat.


Badby,    St. Mary the Virgin Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1931.

Dav.        SP 55963 58736 
                                                                                                                                                                  
  1931  JT  FOR THE GLORY AND SERVICE OF GOD GIVEN IN THANKFUL MEMORY OF ELLEN
AND FARRER THE WIDOW AND SON OF MAJOR SAM PALLIN 1931 
(1)  1623  H2W  CELORVM CHRSTE PLATIAT TIBI REX SONVS ISTE   1623.  
[O Christ the King of Heaven, may this sound be pleasing to Thee]  
(2)  1623  H2W  IHS : NAZARENVS REX: IVDEORVM FILI  DEI MISERERE: MEI   1623.
[Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me]. 
(*)  2000  WBF  {
{
{
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SAMUELL GOODMAN   JOHN KIBBELL  CHURCHWARDENS
MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1754. SPEAK  PEACE IN  THIS  MILLENNIUM
REVD MICHAEL PETITT   -   VICAR
CATHERINE WAKEFORD  CHRISTOPHER NELSON   -   CHURCHWARDENS
GEOFFREY PULLIN   -   TOWER CAPTAIN RECAST WHITECHAPEL  AD2000 
5 (4)  1623  H2W    RYCHARD HYNE  VICKAR OF BADBY GAVE THIS BELL  1623. 
6 (5)  1822  RTss    TAYLOR & SONS   FOUNDERS  OXFORD & ST. NEOTS AUGT. 22 1822.  
           
    Previous No.(3*) bell, recast in 2000

(3*)  1754  MB  SAMUELL GOODMAN   JOHN KIBBELL  CHURCHWARDENS  
MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1754. 
           
    Earlier bells. 

[3/5]  1684  H2B/
M1B
 
SAMUEL RUSHALL AND JOHN RUSHALL C.W: HB: MB: 1684.
 

[5/5]  1653  JH    JOHN  HODSON  OF  LONDON  LEE  MADE  MEE   1653. 
  Records also state 4 older bells existed in 1552 at Badby. 

Bainton,     St. Mary's Church.     Currently un-ringable.

Pet.    TF 09439 06050
       
1604  Tb1N  CVM VOCO AD ECCLESIAM VENITE  SEITH PAVE WILLIAM FOE GARDIANI 1604. 
1702  AxR  ALEX : RIGBY : MADE : ME : 1702 : T : BEAVER : AND : P : NOTINGHAM : CH : W :   
1652  TmN  THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1652 FH PF. 
c1440  WC  In Multis Annis Resonet Campana Iohannis. 
       

Barby,     St. Mary's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 2002 with assistance from the Keltek Trust. 

Dav.          SP 54328 70295
             
New treble, now known as the "Jubilee Bell" was originally a clock bell,
rescued by Keltek Trust from Llandybie quarry in South Wales.

             
  c1871  M&S  KT    (No inscription) 
(1)  1622  H2W      IHS : NAZARENVS REX: IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE: MEI 1622.  
(2)  c1599  LeicF      SADAN CTERINA 
(3)  1922  JT    + BE YT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE ME
1606. RECAST 1922 
5 (4)  1922  JT      CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENIRE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CVPIES IRE 1621. RECAST 1922 
             
  1922  JT      1602  ONLEY   RECAST 1922 
             
     Previous bells 

[3]  1606    BE YT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE ME
1606. 

[4]  1621  H2W      CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENIRE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CVPIES IRE 1621. 
             
  (S)  1602        1602 
             

Barnack,    St. John the Baptist Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 1998.

Pet.        TF 07916 05058
                                                                                                                                                              
  1998  JTBF  {
{
Waist: ADESTE FIDELES
Opposite: GLYN BENEDICT AUSTEN / RECTOR / JOHN PHILIP WARD }
/ ELIZABETH YOUNG } CHURCHWARDENS / 1998
2 (1)  1715  HP    JOHN SISSON CHVRCHWARDEN 1715. 
3 (2)  1897  JT  {
{
{
* Taylor fecit *
Waist: Victoria R. Et I. / An LX feliciter claudente / Ejus praeceptoris filia / Et
huius aedis per XL ann Rectoris uxor / M. I. Argles d.d. MDCCCXCVII
Reverse: Bonis su-}aviter  s-}ono / Malis gr-}   t-}
4 (3)  1608  Tb1N     
5 (4)  1609  Tb1N    IN MULTIS EATERNES RESONET CAMPANA JOHANES 1609. 
6 (5)  c1500  JS    ste iohes evageliste 
           
  1936  JT  {
{
{
Waist: IN HONORE SCI JOHIS BAPT. / D.D.D. / HERBERT’ FRY HVI’ ECCLIE RECTOR
/ A.D. MCMXXXVI. / PAX DNI SIT SEMPER VOBISCUM. / PERPETVIS ANNIS RESONET
VOX CLARA JOHANNIS.
Opposite: (Taylor’s circular mark)
           
     Earlier No.2/5 bell 

[2]  1608  Tb1N  ROBERTVS BROWNE ARMIGER 1608.  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI 
ROBARTE WILKINSON RECTOR. 
           

Barnwell, East Northants.     St. Andrew's Church.      Chimed.

TL 04911 84972

c1510  Mg  S    S    S 
1678  TmN  THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1678   I P N W 
       

Barrowden, Rutland.     St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1990.

Rut.        SP 94483 99905 
                                                                                                                                                 
  1990  JTBF  Waist: + SAINT PETER
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 90
2 (*)  1915  JT     
(**)  1915  JT     
4 (3)  1595  FW    god save the qveen 1595. 
(4)  c1570  T2N    ABCDEFGHI 
(***)  1915  JT     
           
  1786  EA    EDWD ARNOLD FECIT 1786. 
           
     Earlier bells     
  (1*)  1706  AxR    ALEXANDER RIGBY MADE ME 1706. 

(2**)  1595  FW    cvm cvm and preay 1595

(5***)  1706  AxR    ALEXANDER RIGBY MADE ME 1706. 
           

Barton Seagrave,    St. Botolph's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1903 and again in 2000 to 8 bells.     

Kett.          SP 88837 77091                                             Anti-clockwise rope layout.       
                                
    2000  WBF   
    2000  WBF     
    2000  WBF     
4   (1)    1903  JT  {
Waist: PRO DEO ET ECCLESIA / 1903
Opposite: REV. HON. JOHN MARSHAM RECTOR /
C. DUNKLEY } / W / W. DAWKINS } CHURCHWARDENS
5 (2)  [1]  1570  T2N    S    A    SA 
6 (3)  [2]  1570  T2N    S  IACOBE 
7 (4)  [3]  c1530  TmBt    ste pet re  o  p  n  (Saint Peter Ora Pro Nobis) 
8 (5)  [4]  1570  T2N    S  IO-ANUE 
             

Belton in Rutland,     St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1911.

Rut.      SK 81625 01349 
         
  }1911  G&J 
 
(*)  }1911  G&J 
 
 
 
         

Previous bells 

(1*)  1730  T1E  GLORIA PATRI FILIO & SPIRITUI SANCTO 1730. THOMAS PILKINGTON GENT. GAVE ME 1664.   

(2)  1681  Tb3N  W WORTH TOBY NORRIS CAST ME 1681. 

(3)  1695  Tb3N  TOBY NORRIS CAST ME 1695. 

(4)  1660  TmN  THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1660. 
         
  Earlier No.[1] bell, recast in 1730
  [1]  1664    THOMAS PILKINGTON GENT. GAVE ME 1664. 

Benefield, (or Lower Benefield).    St. Mary the Virgin Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1911.

Pet.        SP 98802 88469 
                                                                                                                                                                                      
  1911  JT  ASSUMPTIO BEATÆ MARIÆ VIRGINIS IN COELUM
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) 1911
2 (1)  1713  HP    MELODIAM ORDIOR  HENRY PENN FUSORE 1713. 
3 (2)  1755  T1E    OMNIS CARNALIS VIS FORTIS CONGRUIT HERBIS. THOS. EAYRE FECIT 1755. 
4 (3)  1847  CGM    C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1847. 
5 (4)  1733  T1E    OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI. GLORIA DEO SOLI. ANNO DOM. 1733. 
6 (5)  1815  RT    R. TAYLOR ST. NEOTS FECIT 1815   J. HAMMERTON & R. ROWELL   C. WARDENS
           

Bisbrooke, Rutland.      St. John the Baptist Church.

SP 88719 99605

1871  JT  J. TAYLOR & CO. LOUGHBOROUGH 1871.   
       

Blakesley,    St. Mary's Church.

Tow.      SP 62696 50472
 
In 1552 records indicate 4 bells existed within the tower.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
1832  JTy  RECAST AND ENLARGED AT THE EXPENSE OF JOHN WIGHT WIGHT ESQR OF BLAKESLEY HALL
1832. 
1673  H1B    HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1673. 
3 1854  CGM  C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1854. 
JOHN SHEPPARD  WILLIAM EDWARDS  JOHN EDWARDS CHURCHWARDENS 
4 1854  CGM  C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1854. 
JOHN SHEPPARD  WILLIAM EDWARDS  JOHN EDWARDS CHURCHWARDENS  
1673  H1B  THAT ALL MAY COME AND NONE MAY STAY AT HOME  I RING TO SERMON WITH A LVSTY BOME
1673.
         
1777  P&C    1777. 

Blatherwycke, East Northants.    Holy Trinity Church.       Churches Conservation Trust.

SP 97422 95759

  1917  JT  NOMEN MAGDALENE CAMPANA GERET MELODIE / IN MVLTIS ANNIS RESONET * A.D. 1917
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark)
  1818  T2M     
  1685  H2B    H B 1685. 
     Earlier No.1 bell 

(1)  c1480  TmHr    Nomen Magdalene Campana Geret Mvllade.  T  H   
                                                                                                                                                                        

Blisworth,    St. John the Baptist Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 2001.

Tow.          SP 72521 53407 
             

  2001  WBF  GEO FREESTON  LX  ANNO ECCLESIA  SCRIBA  RERUM  BLISWORTHIANUM  SCRIPTOR  
AD  MMI  DR J COURTIE  RECTOR
2   (1)   1758  T2E    TINNITVS RAPIDOS SCINTILLANS SPARGO PER AVRAS THOS EAYRE ME FECIT 1758.  
(2)   1624  B&RA    BARTHOLOMEW ATTON MADE ME 1624 R A.
(3)   1624  B&RA    BARTHOLOMEW ATTON MADE ME  R A 1624.
(4)   1882  JT {
GOD SAVE OVR QVEEN AND PRESARVE HER PECE HENRY BAGLEY M ME 1713
RICHARD BARWELL JOHN BVRGESS CHVRCHWARDENDS  O 
and recast John Taylor & Co 1882 
(5)   1758  T2E VLTERA CVRETVM PLAVSVS CORYBANTIAQUE AERA :  THOS EAYRE : HOROLOGICVS 
WM PLOWMAN & WM HERBERT : HIEROPHYLACEBVS  A. D.  1758.
             
S     1928  JT     
             
             Earlier No.4/5 bell recast in 1882 by JT

  [4]  1713  H3B  GOD SAVE OVR QVEEN AND PRESARVE HER PECE  HENRY BAGLEY M ME 1713 
RICHARD BARWELL JOHN BVRGESS CHVRCHWARDENS 
             
             Earlier No's.1/5 and 5/5 bells recast in 1758 by T2E
 
[1]  1626 B&RA    R A. BARTHOLOMEW ATTON MADE ME 1626 
    [5]  1663  H1B GEORGE BLAND AND JOHN PLOWMAN CHURCHWARDENS :
HENRY BAGLEY MADE ME : 1663.
             
     Earlier Sanctus bell     
  (S)    1635      GOD SAVE THE KING 1635. 
             
Weblink to Blisworth Church Bells. 
         

Boughton,    St. John the Baptist Church.     Augmented from 3 to 5 bells in 1907.

Ntn.            SP 75321 65893 
               
1       1957  JT  {
RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1957 *
Waist: 1907 / TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND TO THE MEMORY OF /
THE REVD JOHN BECK WICKES M.A.
    {
J : BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT MVCCCXXIV 
[Note: The book says MVCCC… not MDCCC (CJP)]
Waist: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / RECAST 1957 
3       {
OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI T EAYRE : W. ALLEN & T. FOSCOTT C.W.: 1749
Waist: RECAST 1907
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / RECAST 1957 
4       I : BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT MDCCCXXIV  
Waist: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / RECAST 1957
    {
{
{
RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1957 *
Waist: 1907 / TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND TO THE MEMORY OF /
THE REVD JOHN BECK WICKES M.A.
Opposite: B. HYMERS B.A., A.C.P. RECTOR / H.H. KIMBELL } / G. HOARE ]
CHURCHWARDENS
               
     Previous bells as at 1907, all recast in 1957 by JT
  (1)      1907  JB&C  BARWELL FOUNDER BIRMINGHAM 1907 Waist: TO THE GLORY OF GOD /
AND TO THE MEMORY OF / THE REVD JOHN BECK WICKES M.A. 

(2)  [1]    1824  JB    J BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT  MDCCCXXIV. 

(3)  [*]    1907  JB&C OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI T EAYRE : W. ALLEN & T. FOSCOTT C.W.: 1749
Waist: RECAST 1907
  (4)  [3]    1824  JB    I  BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT  MDCCCXXIV. 

(5)      1907 JB&C {
{
BARWELL FOUNDER BIRMINGHAM
Waist: 1907
Opposite: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND TO THE MEMORY OF /
THE REVD JOHN BECK WICKES M.A.
               
            Earlier bells as at 1824. No.2 bell recast in 1907
    [1]    1824  JB    J BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT  MDCCCXXIV. 

  [2*]    1749  T1E    OMNIA  FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI. T EAYRE W. ALLEN W. FOSCOTT C. W. 1749.  
    [3]    1824  JB    J BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT  MDCCCXXIV. 
               
                   Earliest bells as at 1700. No's.1 & 3 recast in 1824; No.2 recast in 1749
 

[1]  1653  H1B    Cantate domino canticvm novvm : 1653. 
 

[2]  1653  H1B    God be ovr good speed : 1653. 
   
[3]  1653  H1B    Henry Baglee made mee : 1653. 

Bozeat,    St. Mary the Virgin Church.    Augmented to 6 bells in 1995.

Well.          SP 90611 59205 
                                                                                                                                              
    1995  JTBF  {
{
Waist: THANKS BE TO GOD / E II R 1995 / T. HICKLING } / K. SILSBY }
CHURCHWARDENS / R. LINE - CAPTAIN
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 95
Soundbow: WHITES OF APPLETON, CHURCH BELLHANGERS
(1)    1723  HP THOS DRAKE VIC. WILL JAKES  THOS WRIGHT CHURCHWARDENS 
HENRY PENN FOUNDER 1723.  
(2)  [*]  1884  JT  + Sancta Maria Ora Pro Nobis
Waist: Recast by John Taylor & Co MCDDLXXIV
4 (3)    1605  Ng    NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE ME 
5 (4)    1635  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1635.
6 (5)    1633  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1633. 
             
            Previous No.2/5 bell recast in 1884 by JT
    [2*]  15th.c  BsEF    Sancta Maria Ora Pro Nobis. 
             










^^^  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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