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C1 - Caldecott to Clopton.


Caldecott, Rutland,        St. John the Evangelist Church.        Augmented to 6 bells in 1985.

Rut.      SP 86837 93690 
                                                                                                                                
  1985  JTBF   
2 (1)  1696  Tb3N  PETER BROWNE GAVE GAVE ME TO THIS TOWNE 1696. 
3 (2)  1696  Tb3N  96.            (remainder of inscription removed)
4 (*)  1985  JTBF   
5 (4)  1696  Tb3N  TOBY NORRIS CAST VS ALL FIVE 1696. 
6 (5)  1696  Tb3N  JOHN CHAPMAN  ROBART COLLWELL  C. W.  1696.  
         
    Earlier (3*) bell 

[3*]  1696  Tb3N  1696.         (remainder of inscription removed)
         

Canon's Ashby, near Daventry.     St. Mary the Virgin Church.      Chimed.

SP 57787 50528

1853    Low waist: MDCCCLIII
   (bell is made of iron) 
    Earlier remaining bell 
  preR    Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum.   
                                                                 

Castle Ashby,     St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Well.        SP 86355 59134 
                                                                                                                                                                            
  1610  Ng  {
WILLIAM LORD COMTON AND LADY ELIZABETH GAVE THIS BELL TO THE TOWNE OF ASHBE
ANNO DM 1610. STATVISTI PROCELLAM IN AVRAM ET SILVISTI FLVTVS TV ES IPSE REX
MEVS QUI MANDAS SALVTEM 
  1610  H1W    GOD SAVE THE KINGE 1610.
  c1510  TmsB    Sancta Agatha Ora Pro Nobis 
  1826  RTs    TAYLOR FECIT OXFORD 1826. 
  1826  RTs  RECAST BY R. TAYLOR & SON OXFORD 1826. 
RICHD SCRIVEN & ROBT ROGERS CHURCHWARDENS. 
           
Earlier bells.
Records indicate there were 6 bells in 1700. The 5th. bell was inscribed as below.
It is believed, the earlier No.6 (tenor) bell together with No's.4 & 5 bells were recast as 2 bells by R. Taylor in 1826.
  [4]     
  [5]    Deus laudes tibi donet nec campana sonet. 
  [6]     
           

Castor,      St. Kyneburgha's Church.     Augmented to 8 bells in 2000.

Pet.          TL 12472 98527 
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    2000  JTBF  {
{
{
OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI   2000 A.D. A Ω / RECTOR WILLIAM BURKE. RINGERS,
WILLIAM BAXTER, EDWARD BAXTER, DIANA BURKE, TONY EVANS CAPT. LIZ FREEMAN,
YVETTE HALEWOOD
Soundbow: MANTON & DAVID BAXTER * SPEECHLEY FAMILY *
CHARLES WINFREY & FAMILY
    2000  JTBF  {
{
{
UNTOUCHED I AM A SILENT THING, BUT STRIKE ME AND I SWEETLY SING /
CHURCH WARDENS BRIAN GOODE & THEO HENSMAN. RINGERS, MAGGIE NOBLE,
ANNA REED, STEPHEN REED, BEVERLEY RIGBY, VIRGINIA SHELDON,
TREVOR VERCOE
Soundbow: COOK FAMILY, CARLY & BOBBY FREEMAN, GRIFFIN FAMILY, RP & NM WINFREY
3   (1)  1700  H2B  HENRICUS BAGLEY NOS FECIT 1700. 
(2)  HENRICUS BAGLEY NOS FECIT 1700. 
(3)  HENRY BAGLEY OF ECTON MADE MEE 1700. 
(4)  HENRY BAGLEY OF ECTON MADE MEE 1700.
(5)  CANTATE DOMINO CANTICUM NOVUM HENRICUS BAGLEY DE ECTON NOS FECIT 1700. 
(6)  I TO THE CHVRCH THE LIVING CALL AND TO THE GRAVE DO SUMMON ALL
HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1700. 
             

Catesby, near Daventry.   St. Mary and St. Edmund's Church.   1 bell hung in a turret and swing chimed.

SP 51555 59581

c1310  RdeW  No inscription                               
       


Chacombe,       St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.

Cw.      SP 49069 43945 
         
  1694  WB  WILLIAM BAGLEY MADE MEE 1694. 
  1694  WB  WILLIAM BAGLEY MADE MEE 1694. 
  1694  WB  WILLIAM BAGLEY MADE MEE 1694. 
  1694  WB  CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVUM 1694. 
  1790  JB  WM GIBBARD & J BENIT C.W.  J. BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1790.   
(6*)  2009  WBF   
         
    Previous No.(6*) bell 
  (6*)  1863  JWs  CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SON LONDON 1863. 
         

Charwelton,     Holy Trinity Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 2008.  

 

Cw.        SP 54469 55524
           
No.1 bell (1716 A1R) originated from Kineton, Warks. via Keltek Trust.
  1716    A1R  KT  WHEN WE RING  I SWEETLY SING    A (R) R  1716 
2 (1*)  1844    JTs    J. TAYLOR AND SON FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH MDCCCXLIIII 
(2** 1844    JTs    J. TAYLOR AND SON FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH MDCCCXLIIII
J HURRY AGENT NORWICH  
4 (3)  c1510  T1N    S.  M A R G A R E T A 
5 (4)  1630  H2W    CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENIRE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CVPIES IRE 1630. 
           
    Earlier bells, recast in 1844.

[1*]  1630  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1630, 

[2** 1630  H2W    IHS : NAZARENVS REX: IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE: MEI 1630, 




 

Chelveston,     St. John the Baptist Church.    Currently un-ringable.
Well.      SP 98848 69127                                                                                                                                 
             
  1744  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI : GLORIA DEO SOLI : T : EAYRE : 1744   
  1727  HP  1727. 
  1819  RTs  T & J CHETTLE CHURCH WARDENS   ROBT TAYLOR & SON FOUNDERS ST NEOTS 1819. 
  1819  RTs  T & J CHETTLE CHURCH WARDENS   ROBT TAYLOR & SON FOUNDERS ST NEOTS 1819. 
  1727  HP  JOHN : GLASBROOK : MINISTER : EDWARD : WOODWARD : C  W : 1727.  
         


Chipping Warden,      St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.

Cw.      SP 49886 48699
                                                                                                                                                                                
1674  H1B  CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM 1674. 
HENRICVS BAGLEY ME FECIT 1674. 
GABRIEL LAMBERT AND JOHN LYNES CHVRCHWARDENS 1674.
BEE IT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DO SEE MEE THAT BAGLEY OF CHACOMBE MADE MEE 1674. 
I RING TO SERMON WITH A LVSTY BOME THAT ALL MAY COME AND NONE MAY STAY AT HOME
1674.  
           
  c1700  HP?     
           

Church Brampton,     St. Botolph's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1995.

Ntn.        SP 71800 65711 
                                                                                                                                                         
  1995  WBF     
(1)  1628  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1628. 
(2)  1616  EN    PRESE THE LORDE  1616 
(3)  1607  Ng  BE · YT · KNOWNE · TO · ALL · THAT ·DOTH · ME · SEE · 
THAT ·NEWCOMBE · OF · LEICESTER · MADE · ME · 1607.  
(4)  1616  LeicF    PRESE THE LORDE  1616  .......?........ 
           

Church Stowe,      St. Michael's Church.      # Currently under restoration.      (Stowe Nine Churches)

Dav.            SP 63884 57683 
# To be augmented to 5 bells by late 2020 Proposed new line-up as follows :- 
               
1     1891  JWs      CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1891.
2 (1)  [1*]  1725  TR      THOMAS RVSSELL OF WOOTTON NEAR BEDFORD 1725.  
    2020  JT    {
{
Waist: WITH THANKS TO M.R. AND P.S. / FOR THE ANONYMOUS DONATION /
FOR THE CASTING OF THIS / AND THE RESTORATION OF THESE BELLS /
MMXX
Opposite: (Taylor’s circular mark)
(3)    1607  Ng    BE · YT · KNOWNE · TO · ALL · THAT ·DOTH · ME · SEE · THAT ·
NEWCOMBE · OF · LEICESTER · MADE · ME · 1607.  
5 (4)    c1390  WR  RH    AVE   MARIA  GRACIA   PLENA  
               
(2)    1590  N&W      GOD SAVE OVR QVEENE 1590. 
               
         Earlier No.(1/4*) bell 
 
[1*]  1667  H1B      HENRY BAGLEY MADE ME 1667. 
               
  4 bell line up, pre 2020 for reference purposes  (unringable upto 2020)
  (1)   1725  TR      THOMAS RVSSELL OF WOOTTON NEAR BEDFORD 1725.  
  (2)   1590  N&W      GOD SAVE OVR QVEENE 1590. 
  (3)   1627  Ng    BE · YT · KNOWNE · TO · ALL · THAT ·DOTH · ME · SEE · THAT ·
NEWCOMBE · OF · LEICESTER · MADE · ME · 1607.  
  (4)    c1390  WR  RH    AVE   MARIA  GRACIA   PLENA 
               


Clipsham, Rutland.     St. Mary's Church.     Hung dead.
       
SK 97015 16366 
       
1671  Tb3N  1671. 
1675  Tb3N  W WING  TOBIEAS NORRIS CAST ME 1675. 
1657  TmN  THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1657.  
       

Clipston,       All Saints' Church.

Gsb.      SP 71378 81567 
         
  1752  T1E  JOHN BUSWELL & THOMAS LAWRENCE CHURCHWARDENS A.D. 1752 T. EAYRE FECIT 
  1599  LeicF  JHESUS BE OUR SPEDE 1599. 
  1685  WB  WILLIAM BAGLEY OF NORTHAMPTON HE MADE MEE 1685. 
  1589  LeicF  GIVE GOD THE PRAISE 1589. 
(*)  1869  JT  J TAYLOR & Co FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1869. 
         
    Previous No.(5*) bell

(5*)   ?  ? Church records to be accessed.

Clopton, near Thrapston.      St. Peter's (new) Church, 1862-3.     Hung dead.

TL 06602 80006

1800  T1M   THOS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1800.    










^^^  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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