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The Church Bell Inventory of Northamptonshire and Rutland.
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Great Addington to Great Oxendon.


Great Addington,      All Saints' Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1899.

Thr.        SP 95853 75110
                                                                                                                                                              
1899   JT JOHN TAYLOR * FOUNDER * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1899 
JOHN TAYLOR * FOUNDER * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1899 
1899   JT  JOHN TAYLOR * FOUNDER * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1899 
JOHN TAYLOR * FOUNDER * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1899 
JOHN TAYLOR * FOUNDER * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1899 
Waist: + MARY ISABEL, VISCOUNTESS DOWNE / GAVE ME / A.D.M.G. /
JOHN TAYLOR / MADE ME / 1899 +
           
     Previous bells recast in 1899 by JT
  (1)  1807  RT    W. ALLEN & T. COLSON CHURCHWARDENS   R. TAYLOR ST NEOTS FOUNDER 1807.  

(2)  1807  RT    W. ALLEN & T. COLSON CHURCHWARDENS   R. TAYLOR ST NEOTS FOUNDER 1807. 

(3)  1605  Tb1N    MVLTI  VOCATA  PAVCI ELECTI SETH PAVE WILLIAM FOE 1605.

(4)  1630  JK    GOD SAVE THE KING 1630. 
           

Great Billing,     St. Andrew's Church.

Ntn.    SP 80800 62908
       
1684  AxR  ALEXANDER RIGBE MADE ME 1684  T NICHOLAS  E BRITTEN  CH  W. 
c1599  Ng  GERIT  MELED 
c1425  JY  JOHES ZORKE FECIT ME IN HONORE BEATE MARIE   
       
1664  H1B  1664 
       

Great Brington,     St. Mary the Virgin with St. John's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1723.

Dav.          SP 66707 65216
                                                                                                                                                       
  1723  A2R   WHEN WEE DOE RING I SWEETLY SWING  A. R.   
  GOD PRESERVE THIS CHURCH AMEN 1723 W K  
  PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD  A. R.  
  ABR. RUDHALL OF GLOUCESTER BELLFOUNDER CAST US ALL. 
  NICHOLAS GENT AND WM BARFOOT CHURCHWARDENS 1723.  
(*)    1948  JT  THE RT HON: ROBT EARL OF SUNDERLAND BENEFACTOR A. R. 1723. 
RECAST 1948.  
             
S     1926  JT  {
Waist: CAROLI REGIS VT TRADITVR / IN MEM: M: DOM: HVMPHERY / DE COELIS
ADHVC LOQVOR / MCMXXVI
Opposite: (Taylor’s T-bell mark)
             
     Previous No.(6/6) bell 

(6*)    1723  A2R    THE RT HON : ROBT EARL OF SUNDERLAND BENEFACTOR 1723.  
             
             Earlier bells upto 1723 

  [1]  1614      PRAISE THE LORD 1614.

  [2]  1613      GOD SAVE THE KING 1613. 

  [3]  1616  H2W    CELORVM CHRSTE PLATIAT TIBI REX SONUS ISTE 6161. 

  [4]  1637  H2W    IHS : NAZARENVS REX: IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE: MEI 1637. 

  [5]  1670  H1B  ROBERT HARRIS AND WILLIAM KINNING CHURCHWARDENS
HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1670.   
             
    Records as at 1700, indicate a Sanctus bell hung within the Church. 

[S]    ?   No inscription
             

Great Casterton, Rutland.     St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1990.

Rut.    TF 00131 08798 
         
  1990  WBF   
1718  HP  { HENRY PENN FOUNDER 1718.
{ HENRY PENN FOUNDER 1718.
{ HENRY PENN FOUNDER 1718.
{ HENRY PENN FOUNDER 1718.
{ G. MANCELL  THOMAS BROUGHTON  CHURCHWARDENS  1718. 
         

Great Doddington,     St. Nicholas' Church.     Anti-clockwise rope layout.

Well.    SP 88108 64836
                                                                                                                                                   
1841  JTy  JOHN TAYLOR FOUNDER  LO'BRO  1841. 
1841  JTy  JOHN TAYLOR FOUNDER  OXFORD  1841. 
1841  JTy  JOHN TAYLOR FOUNDER  LOUGHBOROUGH  1841  
1841  JTy  JOHN TAYLOR FOUNDER  LOUGHBOROUGH  1841. 
1841  JTy  JOHN TAYLOR BELLFOUNDER  OXFORD  &  LOUGHBOROUGH  1841.  
       

Great Harrowden,     All Saints' Church.     Currently un-ringable.

Well.    SP 88023 70846 
       
1715  TC  W. HARRIS  CH  WARDEN  THO CLAY OF LEICESTER FECIT  1715. 
c1599  Ng  ABCDEFGHIKL 
1629  H2W  IH’S : NAZARENVS DEORVM  REX IV  FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1629. 
       

Great Houghton, near Northampton.   St. Mary's Church.   Hung dead.   Augmented to 6 bells in 1935.

SP 79175 58975

Records indicate, 4 bells existed in 1553 and 5 bells in 1700.

1935  JT  {
VENITE 
Waist: A.M.D.G. / * * * / D.D. / G. H. HAINES, M. A. / RECTOR
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / 1935
{
LAUDATE (loop ornament)
Waist: A.M.D.G. / * * * / D.D. / J. J. MARTIN ESQ., J.P.
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / 1935
{
ORATE 
Waist: A.M.D.G. / * * * / D.D. / G. H. HAINES, M. A. / RECTOR
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / 1935
{
ADORATE 
Waist: A.M.D.G. / * * * / D.D. / J. J. MARTIN ESQ., J.P.
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark) / 1935
5 (1)  c1599  Ng    Inscription erased 
6 (2)  1817  RTs    ROBT TAYLOR & SON  FOUNDERS  ST NEOTS  1817  THE REVD P. WILLIAMS RECTOR 
G BATTAMS  &  T. SMITH  C. W.   
                                                                                                                                                                

Great Oakley,    St. Michael and All Angel's Church.

Kett.          SP 87115 85852 
             
  1626  H2W      GOD SAVE THE KING 1626. 
  c1595  N&W  RH    N  OME  S  M  T  N 
  1634  H2W      IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1634. 
             
  1953  JT    + P E + T E R
Waist: (Taylor T-bell mark) / RECAST 1953
     Previous Sanctus bell 

(S)  c1599  Ng      PE  TER 
             

Great Oxendon,     St. Helen's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells, post 1878.

Gsb.    SP 73549 83938
       
1820  T2M  1820 ? 
1886  JT   
c1599  Ng  ABDCE  CEFGH  PQRST  KLMNOP  
1853  JWs  JOHN WARNER & SON  FOUNDERS  LONDON  1853. 
1744  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI   JOHN JOHNSON & PETER BERRY  C : W.   A : D  1744  T.  E. 
       









^^^  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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