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The Church Bell Inventory of Northamptonshire and Rutland.
a PDGCBR past and present presentation.






I.


Irchester.   St. Katherine's Church.     Augmented to 8 bells in 1930.
Well.        SP 92551 66009                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  1930  JT   TAYLOR * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1930 *
  1930  JT   TAYLOR * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1930 *
  1930 JT  {
TAYLOR * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1930 *
Waist: 3 NEW BELLS GIVEN BY / JOHN AUSTIN ESQ. / * * * / A. W. LAWS * VICAR /
L. PARSONS } / G. JAMES } CHURCHWARDENS / T. SAXBY, DONOR’S TRUSTEE
(1)  1846 WT  Nathaniel T Goosey & James Mather Church Wardens +
W Taylor Oxford Fecit Ano Dni Mdcccxlvj.
5 (2) 1729  T1E  IHS NAZARENE REX JUDAEORUM FILI DEI MISERERE MEI  GLORIA DEO SOLI
ANNO DOM. 1729. 
(3)  c1600  Wg    ABCDEFGHIKLMNO
(4)  c1600  Wg    ABCDEFGHIKLMNOPQRSTUX 
(5)  1792  EA  THOMAS ANGRAVE & TIMOTHY JACKSON CHURCHWARDENS 
EDWD ARNOLD LEICESTER FECIT 1792. 
           
S   1882  JT  {
J : TAYLOR & CO.. 1882.
Waist: E.W.S. R.
Opposite: R.W.A } / G.T.B. } C.W.
           
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Irthlingborough.   St. Peter's Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 1829 and again in 1893 to 8 bells. 
Well.        SP 94776 70645
           
  1893 JT  {
GIVEN BY WILLIAM WOOLSTON, / OF WESTLANDS, WELLINGBOROUGH, /
A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS; / UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE /
REBUILDING OF THIS TOWER / 1893
  1893 JT  {
GIVEN BY WILLIAM WOOLSTON, / OF WESTLANDS, WELLINGBOROUGH, /
A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS; / UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE /
REBUILDING OF THIS TOWER / 1893
(1) 1829  T2M   T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1829. 
(2)  1829  T2M
  T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1829.
(3)  1829 T2M   T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1829.
(4)  1829 T2M    T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1829.
(5)  1829  T2M    T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1829.
(6)  1829 T2M  {
{
T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1829.
THE FIVE OLD BELLS EXCHANGED FOR THIS PEAL OF SIX A.D. 1829.
THE REVD GEORGE WARCUP MALIM VICAR. CHARLES GROOME (second name erased
from bell)
CHURCH WARDEN.
           
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Isham,      St. Peter's Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 1906.
Kett.        SP 88494 73943 
                     
  1906  JT  {
TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF OUR PARENTS, /
THE REV: JOHN & EMMA SMITH, / AND THOMAS & ELIZABETH MARRIOTT, /
THIS BELL WAS GIVEN BY / JAMES & FLORENCE MARRIOTT / ANNO DOMINI 1906.
  1906  JT    1906 
(*)  1906  JT 
1626 / RECAST 1906
(** 1906  JT   1619 / RECAST 1906
(***)  1906 JT   RECAST 1906 
(**** 1906  JT GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST / 1615 / RECAST 1906 / E. J. ATKINS, RECTOR /
J. MARRIOTT } / E. WILSON } CHURCHWARDENS
           
    Previous bells     
  (1*) 1626  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1626. 
  (2** 1619  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1619. 
  (3***)  c1600  N&W    A M B R O S E 
  (4**** 1615  H2W    CELORVM CHRSTE PLATIAT TIBI REX SONVS ISTE 1615. 
           
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Islip,     St. Nicholas' Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 1892.
Thr.        SP 52642 14093 
           
(1)  1678  H1B   CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM 1678.  
  1892 JT    THOMS MEDBURY RECTOR 1678 RECAST 1892 
3   1892  JT    GOD SAVE HIS CHURCH A.D. 1892 
(4)  1678  H1B    WILLIAM ADAMS 1678.  
  1892  JT    IHS NAZARENVS REX IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE MEI 1621. RECAST 1892. 
  1892 JT   S. NICOLAS A.D. 1892 
           
     Previous bells     
  (1)  1678  H1B    CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM 1678. 
  (2)  1678  H1B    THOMAS MEDBVRY RECTOR 1678 
  (3)  1678  H1B    (Cracked, North states an iron band covered the inscription)

(4)  1678  H1B    WILLIAM ADAMS 1678. 
  (5)  1621  H2W IH’S : NAZARENVS REX IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE : MEI 1621
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me). 
           









^^^  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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