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Gayton,     St. Mary's Church.
                   
Tow.                   SP 70593 54788
             
    1727  T1E  {
IN DEI LAUDEM ET GEORGII REGIS HONOREM .....
EX DONO THOMAE SAMWEL BARONETTI  A.D.1727. 
    1726  A2R    GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH 1726. 
3     1726  A2R    PEACE & GOOD NEIGHBOVRHOOD 1726. 
(*)    1931  JT {
{
{
PROSPERITY TO THE CHVRCH OF ENGLAND 1726 (border)
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1931 / * * *
Opposite: W. F. STOKES, M.A. RECTOR / J. M.MAJOR LUCAS } / W. A. RATLEDGE }
C. WARDENS / 1931
    1726  A2R    WM BALL. CH. WARDEN 1726. 
(**   1821  RTss  {
{
+ THE GIFT OF THE REVD M GIBBS RECTOR 1726.
RECAST BY VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTION 1821 G. BUTLER D.D. RECTOR J BUSH M A
CURATE. J. PAYNE & J GEORGE C. WARDENS + ROBERT TAYLOR & SONS FOUNDERS.   
             
    Previous bells     
  (4*)    1726  A2R    PROSPERITY TO THE CHVRCH OF ENGLAND 1726. 

(6**   1726  A2R    THE GIFT OF THE REVD M GIBBS RECTOR 1726. 
             
             In 1700, records indicate 3 bells existed within the tower 

  [1]  1585  ?   Geve thanks to God alwaies 1585. 

  [2]  1594    Feare God and obey the Lorde 1594. 

  [3]  1662    God save King Charles 1662.
             

Geddington,      St. Mary Magdalene Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 2004.
       
Kett.      SP 89513 83029
         
  2004  WBF   
(1)  1835  W&JT  W. DAINTEY  W. BRANSON  CHURCH WARDENS.  W AND J TAYLOR FOUNDERS 1835. 
(2)  c1599  H1W?  ABCDEF  GHIKLM  NOPQRS 
(3)  c1550  Ng  S   THOMAS 
(4)  1732  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI  GLORIA DEO SOLI ANNO DOMINI 1732. 
(5)  1630  H2W  SER ROBERT DALLINGTON GAVE ME TO GEDDINGTON AGED 69  1630. 
         

Glapthorn,      St. Leonard's Church.

Pet.      TL 02412 90202 
         
1710  HP    JO . LOVELING : VICAR  HEN : PENN  FVSORE 1710.             
c1399  JhS  INNORE SATTI   
IOHANNES SLEYT ME FECIT. 
c1480  JhK    Sancte Andrea Ora Pro Nobis. 
         

Glaston, Rutland,     St. Andrew's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1931 and again in 1937 to 6 bells.

Rut.          SK 89632 00555
                                                                                                                                                                       
    1937  JT  {
JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH *
Waist: FROM / ERIC AND IMOGEN GORE BROWNE / IN THE YEAR OF THE CORONATION /
OF KING GEORGE VI & ELIZABETH, HIS WIFE / 1937 /    DEO DANTE DEI 
(1)    1931  JT {
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO
Waist: VICTORIA CARBERY
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / 1931
(2)    1931  JT  {
IN TERRA PAX 
Waist: R. WALTHAM / OLIM RECTOR
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / 1931 
(3)  [1]   1622  Tb1N    OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI 1622  E  C  T  A. 
(4)  [2]  1616  Tb1N    NON :: CLAMOR :: SED :: AMOR :: CANTAT :: IN :: AVRE :: DEI :: 1616. 
(5)  [3]  1598  N&W  COELORUM CHRISTE PLACEAT TIBI REX SONUS ISTE. ANTHONY COLLY 
WILLIAM HATTON THOMAS BRVDNELL.  THOMAS BOWDELL  1598.
             
  Earlier clock bell 
  (C)    c1739  T1E     
             

Glinton,     St. Benedict's Church.

Pet.      TF 15408 05973 
In 1700, records indicate 5 bells existed within the tower.
                                                                                                                                                                                 
1799  TO  THE LORD TO PRAISE MY VOICE I'LL RAISE  T. OSBORN FOUNDER 1799.
PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD  THOMAS OSBORN FECIT 1799. 
GIVE NO OFFENCE TO THE CHURCH  THOMAS OSBORN FOUNDER DOWNHAM NORFOLK 1799.
OUR VOICES SHALL WITH JOYFUL SOUND, MAKE HILLS AND VALLEYS ECCHO ROUND
EDMUND AND GEORGE WEBSTER CHURCHWARDENS  THOS OSBORN FOUNDER DOWNHAM
NORFOLK 1799.
JOHN SCOTT DID PAY FOR ME ONE HUNDRED POUNDS AND ODD MONEY  THOMAS OSBORN
FOUNDER 1799.
           

Grafton Regis,     St. Mary's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1948.

Tow.          SP 75886 46919 
In 1552, records indicate 3 bells existed within the tower.
             
  1948  JT    {
{
JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1948 *
Waist: DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN
/ AND WOMEN OF THIS PARISH WHO / SERVED IN THE WAR 1939-1945
2 (1)  1625  JK      GOD SAVE OVR KING 1625. 
3 (2)  1625  JK      GOD SAVE OVR KING 1625. 
4 (*)  1906  JWs  RHrc    AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA
5 (** 1839  W&JT      W. & J. TAYLOR BELLFOUNDERS OXFORD & LOUGHBORO 1839.    
             
    Previous bells 
  (3*)  c1365  JR  RH    AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA 

(4**)         IN MULTIS ANNIS RESONET CAMPANA JOHANNIS 
             

Grafton Underwood,     St. James the Apostle Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1923.

Kett.       SP 92190 80231 
                                                                                                                                                                
  1923  JT  WE PRAISE THEE, O GOD / C. E. HOPKINS, RECTOR / J. C. CLARK } / J. R. ELLIS }
CHURCHWARDENS 
(*)  1923  JT  MATHEW   BAGLEY   MADE   ME   1682 
Waist: RECAST 1923
(2)  1682  M1B/
H2B 
  HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1682. 
(3)  1682  M1B/
H2B 
  MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1682. 
(** 1923  JT  SR. IOHN ROBERSON KNIGHT 1682 
Waist: RECAST 1923 
    Previous bells 

(1*)  1682  M1B/
H2B 
  SR. JOHN ROBERSON  KNIGHT 1682.
  (4** 1682  M1B/
H2B 
  THOMAS HAWKES  AND FRANCIS GRAEY CHVRCHWARDENS  1682. 
           

Greatworth,     St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 2004. 

Cw.        SP 55230 42382
In 1552, records indicate 3 bells existed within the tower.
           
 } 2004  WBF 
 }   
 }   
(1)  1825  RTs    R. TAYLOR & SON FOUNDERS OXFORD MDCCCXXV          
5 (2)  c1599  Ng    S AANN 
6 (3)  c1599    sanc  ta  mi  cha  el  ora  pro  no  bis 
           
  1707  H3B    HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1707. 
           


Greens Norton,     St. Bartholomew's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1906.

Tow.          SP 66901 49900 
In 1552, records indicate 3 bells existed within the tower and 4 bells by 1700.
             
    1906  M&S   
(*)  1906  M&S   
   
   
(** }   1934  G&J   
 
             
    Previous bells recast in 1906 by M&S

(1*)    1810  TM    THOMAS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1810. 

(2)    1757  M3B     THOMAS PRICE RECTER  FRANCIS WOOD THOMAS : C. W.  MATTHEW : B : FACET 1757.

(3)    1727  H3B    THOMAS : HAWKINS : JOHN ELLIOTT : CHURCH : WARDENS : 1727. 
  Previous bells recast in 1934 by G&J

(4**   1829  RTss    J. LEE & W. BURT  C. WARDENS  R. TAYLOR & SONS FOUNDERS  MDCCCXXIX.   
  (5)    1727  H3B    WHEN I RING OR TOLE MY VOICE IS SPENT THAT MEN MAY COM AND SO REPENT : HENRY BAGLEY MADE THIS RINGE JANUARY TE 1727.
             

Greetham, Rutland,   St. Mary the Virgin Church.   Augmented to 5 bells in 1923 and again in 1949 to 6 bells.

Rut.      SK 92450 14653 
         
  1949  G&J   
2 (*)  }1923  G&J 
 
 
5 (**
  1923  G&J   
         
    Earlier bells recast in 1923 

(1*)  1741  JE  LABOR IPSE VOLUPTAS  THOMAS PARKER  CHURCHWARDEN  J. EAYRE FECIT 1741.  

(2)  1703  AxR  ALEX : RIGBY : MADE : ME : 1703 : ROBERT : CV---REY : AND : HENRY : CLARK :  W.  

(3)  1658  TmN  I S   R C   1658

(4** 1650  TmN  TH ....  THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1650. 
         
Earlier frame inscription 
T CHAR - - Y   WM SHARMAN   C Wardn   17 Fecit 87
         


Grendon,     St. Mary's Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 1999.

Well.        SP 87877 60445 
In 1552, records indicate 4 bells existed within the tower. 
           
  1999  JTBF     
(1)  1613  H1W    ABCD  EFGH  IKLM 1613. 
3 (*)  1999  JTBF     
4 (3)  c1450  JStd    Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum 
5 (4)  1613  H1W    PRAISE THE LORD 1613. 
6 (** 1761  T2E  CUM SONO SI NON VIS VENIRE NUNQUAM AD PRECES CUPIES IRE : ..
INTACTUM SILEO,  PERCUTE DULCE CANO.  THOS EAYRE 1761.
           
  1613  H1W     
           
    Previous 2/5 bell, recast in 1999 by JTBF

(2*]  1613  H1W    ABCD  EFG  HIKL  1613.
    Previous 5/5 bell recast in 1761 by T2E

(5**       Sum Rosa pulsata mundi Maria vocata. 
           

Gretton,     St. James the Great Church.
         
Rut.        SP 89846 94416
                                                                                                                                                                      
1761  T2E  TININTUS RAPIDOUS SCINTILLANS SPARGO PER AURAS. EAYRE KETTERING.  
STATUTUM EST OMNIBUS SEMEL MORI 1761. 
LAUDATE DOMINUM CYMBALS SONORIS 1761. 
CREDE RESIPISCE MORI MOMENTO. 1761. MORTE BEATA NIHIL BEATIUS.  
MY SOUNDING IS EACH ONE TO CALL, TO SERVE THE LORD BOTH GREAT AND SMALL     
1761.     WILLIAM ROWELL & WILLIAM BOON  C. W.  
           
  1922  JT    THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1636        RECAST 1922 
      Previous clock bell. 
  (C)  1636  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1636.  
           


Guilsborough,      St. Etheldreda's Church.       Augmented to 6 bells in 1847.
           
Gsb.          SP 67597 72680
                                                                                                                                                              
  1847  CGM  Master Dobel ch A R  1593. Lando Deum Verum. C ET G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 
2   Plebem Voco.  C ET G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 
3 [*]  1847  CGM  Congrego Clervm.  C ET G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 
  Defvntos Ploro.  C ET G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 
  Pestem Fvgo.  C ET G MEARS LONDINI REFEC  1847. 
  Festa Decoro Ihs : Naz : Ivdeorvm : Rex : Fil : Dei : Mis : Mei  1618.
C ET G MEARS REFEC 1847. 
             
    Earlier bells recast in 1847 by CGM 
  (1*)    1618  H2W    IHS : Nazarenvs rex ivdeorvm [ fili dei miserere mei ] 1618  
  (2)    1593   ?   Master Dobbel Char 1593. 
  (3)    1707  HP    John Hearne  William Pell  Churchwardens : Henry Penn made me 1707. 
  (4)    1675  Tb3N    Tobie Norris cast me : God save the King 1675. 
             









^^^  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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