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Kelmarsh,     St. Denys' Church.      

Gsb.      SP 73515 79216
In 1700, records indicate, 4 bells existed at Kelmarsh. 
                                                                                                                                                                           
1 }  1774  EA  EDWD ARNOLD ST NEOTS FECIT WILLIAM HANBURY 1774.
2 }  WILLIAM HANBURY 1774. 
3 }  EDWD ARNOLD ST NEOTS FECIT  WILLIAM HANBURY 1774.
4 }  WILLIAM HANBURY 1774. 
5 }  EDWD ARNOLD FECIT WILLIAM HANBURY 1774.
6 }  EDWD ARNOLD ST NEOTS HUNTINGDONSHIRE FECIT WILLIAM HANBURY 1774.

Ketton, Rutland.    St. Mary the Virgin Church.     Chimed.

SK 98187 04301

(*)  1748  T1E  NICHO : BULINGHAM : AB : ME : SUIS : SUMTIBUS : HIC : COLLOCARI : CVRAVIT :
1640 : T : WOTTON : W : ROWLATT : C W : 1748. 
(2)  1609  H2O    I sweetly tolling men do call to taste on meat that feeds the soule 1609. \
(** 1897  JT     
(4)  1598  H1W    ME  ME I  MERELY  wILL  SING 1598.
(5)  1601  H1W    SARUE THE LORDE 1601 
(6)  1606  BE YT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE MEE
1606. 
           
    Previous bells 
  (1*)  1640      NICHO : BULINGHAM : AB : ME : SUIS : SUMTIBUS : HIC : COLLOCARI : CVRAVIT : 1640 
  (3** 1713  HP    MOSES : SISSON : CH : W :  HENRY : PENN : FVSORE : 1713. 
           

Kilsby,      St. Faith's Church.

Dav.        SP 56310 71135
In 1552, records indicate 3 bells existed within the tower.
                                                                                                                                                                                    
  1706  HP    HALLELVIAH EXULTATE IUSTI   HENRY PENN MADE ME 1706. 
  1912  JT    IOHN COWLEY   NATHAN TOMPSON  CHVRCHWADRENS  H P  HE  MADE ME 1706 
JT RECAST 1912. 
  1912  JT    ROBERT ATTON MADE ME 1616  J T   RECAST 1912. 
  1912  JT  IHS : NAZARENVS REX: IVDEORUM FILI  DEI MISERERE: MEI   1625
(John Taylor & Co) RECAST 1912. 
           
    Previous bells recast in 1912 by JT
  (2)  1706  HP    IOHN COWLEY   NATHAN TOMPSON  CHVRCHWADRENS  H P  HE  MADE ME 1706.

(3)  1616  RA    ROBERT ATTON MADE ME 1616. 

(4)  1625  H2W    IHS : NAZARENVS REX: IVDEORUM FILI  DEI MISERERE: MEI  1625.
 

King's Cliffe,       All Saints' and St. James' Church.       Augmented to 6 bells in 1929.

Pet.        TL 00693 97083
In 1552, records indicate 4 bells existed within the tower.
           
  1929  JT  {
TAYLORS * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH *
Waist: THIS BELL IS GIVEN BY / ERNEST AND HARRIET GREEN /
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD / AND FOR THE CHURCH THEY BOTH LOVED / 1929
(1)  1714  HP    JOHN NEBON ESQ' GAVE  HENRY PENN MADE MEE 1714. 
(2)  1619  Tb1N  {
MISTRIS MARIA HARTLEIE WIDDO CAST(T)HIS BELL 1619. 
MVLT IVOCATI PAVCI ELECTI 1619. RICHARD BARDON NICOLAS BAILI GARDIAN.
4 (*)  1832  T2M  {
T MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832. ARCHDEACON BONNEY RECTOR. 
F. LAW  P. HOWES  CHURCHWARDENS. 
5 (4)  1592  LeicF    WILLIAM KEYWOOD  HENRIE THORPE  1592. 
6 (** 1917  M&S     
           
    Previous bells 

[3*]   ?   ?             (recast in 1832)

[5** 1738  T1E    IHS : NAZARENUS REX : IUDEORUM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI.   THO. EAYRE.  A.D.  1738. 
           

King's Sutton,     St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.     Augmented to 8 bells in 1793.  

Cw.        SP 49748 36114 
In 1552, records state, 4 bells existed within the tower.
                                                                                                                                                                        
  1793  JB    THE GIFT OF HENRY SMYTH ESQ. OF CHARLTON  JOHN BRYANT HERTFORD 1793. 
  1793  JB    THE GIFT OF HENRY SMYTH ESQ. OF CHARLTON  JOHN BRYANT HERTFORD 1793.  
(1)  1655  MD    MICHAEL DARBIE MADE ME 1655. 
(2)  1626  JK    KNOW ALL MEN THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT JAMES KEENE MADE ME 1626.
(3)  1626  JK    GEORGE JONES EDMUND CARPENTER  C WARDENS  JAMES KEENE MADE ME 1626. 
6*  (*)  1936  JT  {
{
GEORGE  CLARKE     EDWARD  WILLIAMES       CHVRCH   WARDENS /
HENERY  BAGLEY  MADE  MEE  1722
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1936
Opposite: H. GIBBONS * VICAR / A. H. TILBURY } / E. MEADOWS } CHURCHWARDENS / 1936
(5)  c1350  JR    AVE : MARIA : GRACIA : PLENA : DOMINVS : TECVM. 
(6)  1602  BA    BARTHOLOMEW ATTVN MADE ME 1602. 
           
  1738  EH    E. HEMIS FECIT. R CARPENTER  E BENNETT  C. WARDENS  1738.  
           
Previous  No. 6/8 (4/6) bell recast in 1936 by JT 
(6*) (4*)  1722  H3B    HENERY BAGLEY MADE ME  GEORGE CLARKE EDWARD WILLIAMS  C. WARDENS 1722.   
           

Kingsthorpe,     St. John the Baptist Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1911.

Ntn.        SP 74662 63110
In 1552, records state, 4 bells existed within the tower.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  1911  AB    Given by the Vicar / 1911 / Coronation Years of Geo.V. / Cast by AB 
(1)  1621  RA    ROBERT ATTON MADE ME THE TREBLE BEL FOR TO BE 1621. 
3 (2)  1680  H2B    WILLIAM ADKINS AND WILLIAM FERINGS CHVRCHWARDENS  1680. 
4 (3*)  1911  AB     
5 (4)  1622  RA    PAROECIE CAMPANA ECCLESIE TVBA  1622. 
6 (5)  1671  H1B  I RING TO SERMON WITH A LVSTI THAT ALL MAY COME AND NONE MAY STAY AT HOME BOME
1671.  
           
    Previous No.(3/5) bell recast in 1911 by AB

(3*)  1621  RA    ROBERT ATTON MADE ME THE THIRD BEL FOR TO BE 1621. 
           


Kislingbury,     St. Luke's Church.

Dav.      SP 69714 59654
         
(*) 1799  JB  JOHN BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1799 CHURCHWARDENS W M DUNKLEY    W M PAINE.  
2   1659  H1B  GOD BE OVR GOOD SPED 1659 
3 (** 1733  TR  THOMAS RUSSELL OF WOOTTON NEAR BEDFORD MADE ME 1733 
4   1659  H1B  WM ASHBY AND HENRY MARRIAT 1659 H.B. 
5   1659  H1B  THE PEOPLE ALL I DOE CALL 1659 H.B. 
         
    Previous bells   

(1*)  1659  H1B  CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM 1659.
  (3** 1659  H1B  HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1659. 









^^^  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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