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Lamport.      All Saints' Church.     Currently un-ringable.      Anti-clockwise rope layout.
Gsb.          SP 75805 74557         
                      
(*)
1872  JT  J TAYLOR & Co FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1872.CHRISTOPHER GRAYE
MADE ME 1663. ALTHOUGH RECAST I AM NOT KNEW 1872. 
    1641  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 1641.
    1641  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 1641. 
    1616  Tb1N  NON : CLAMOR : SED : AMOR : CANTAT : IN : AURE : DEI : 1616.
(Love’s voice not noise sings in the ear of God). 
             
    c1699      No inscription 
             
     Previous No.(1*) bell recast in 1872 by JT
  (1*)    1663  CG    CHRISTOPHER GRAYE MADE ME 1663. 
             
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Langham, Rutland.        St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.  
Rut.          SK 84359 11202           
             
(*)    1900  JT     
(**   1900  JT   
3     1636  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1636. 
4     c1480  JDB    Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum 
    1771  T1H  THE CHURCHIS PRAIS I SOUND ALLWAYS 
THOMAS HEDDERLY FOUNDER NOTTINGM 1771.  
    1660  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1660.  I. N.   
             
  Previous bells recast in 1900 by JT
  (1*)    1754  T1E    GRATA SIT ARGUTA RESONANS CAMPANULA VOCE  THOS. EAYRE, FECIT 1754.  
  (2**   1874  JT    J. TAYLOR & CO FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1874.  
    Earlier No.[2] bell recast in 1874 by JT 
    [2]  1660  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1660.  
             
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Laxton, near Corby.      All Saints' Church.     
SP 95048 96011 
Records state, in 1700, there were 3 bells existing at Laxton. 
             
    1822  T2M     
             
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Lilbourne.      All Saints' Church.      Augmented to 5 bells in 1762.
Gsb.          SP 56033 77410           
             
    1762  T2E    Sparkling I spread rapid tinklings through the ears
    1762  T2E   Untouch’d am silent strike me and I will sing sweetly.
3     1762 T2E   John Robinson Vicar Jos, George & Geo. Soden Church-Wardens.
    1762 T2E    Wee are ordain’d for the praise of the Lord — Eayre Kettering Fecit.
5     1761  T2E Cum Sono Si Non Vis Venire Nunquam Ad Preces Cupies Ire. Eayre Kettering.
(If you be unwilling to come when I call To prayers you’ll not wish to go at all).
     Earlier bells
  (1)    1626 H2W   Celorvm Chrste platiat tibi REX 1626.(O Christ the King of Heaven…..?)

(2)    preR       Sancta Katarina Ora pro nobis.(Holy Katharine pray for us)

(3)    preR       Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum. (Blessed be the Name of the Lord)
  (4)    1658 B2E  Bryanus Eldridge me fecit 1658.(Bryan Eldridge made me) 
(cast by Bryan II Eldridge, [Coventry, 1656 to 1658], Chertsey, working 1636 to 1661)

             
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Litchborough,     St. Martin's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1909.
Tow.          SP 63261 54263 
             
    1909  JT  AD DEI GLORIAM D.D. EDVARDVS GRANT, JOANNES TAYLOR FECIT MCMIX
Waist: CANTEMUS DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM
    1909  JT  AD DEI GLORIAM D.D. EDVARDVS GRANT, JOANNES TAYLOR FECIT MCMIX
Waist: ATTENDIRE, POPULE
(1)    1875  JT    J TAYLOR & Co  FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1875. 
4 (2)    1628  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1628. 
5 (3)    1922  JT  {
THE REVEREND CHARLES ADDINGTON RECTOR AARON GARDENER
ROBERT COCKERL CHURCH WARDENS MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE ME 1753
Waist: RECAST 1922 
             
     Previous bells 
  [1]     BA    BARTHOLOMEW ATTON MADE ME  
  [3]   1753  M3B  THE REVD CHARLES ADDINGTON RECTOR AARON GARDENER 
MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1753. 

(S)    1835       
             
               Earlier No.[3/3] bell 
    [3]  1682      JOHN CURTIS  WILLIAM ADAMES  CHURCHWARDENS  1682. 
             
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Loddington, near Kettering.     St. Leonard's Church. 
Kett.        SP 81456 78357
In 1700 records indicate 4 bells existed within the tower. 
    1803  RT    JOHN BROWN  CHURCHWARDEN  R. TAYLOR FECIT 1803. 
    1803  RT    JOHN BROWN  CHURCHWARDEN  R. TAYLOR FECIT 1803.
    1803  RT    JOHN BROWN  CHURCHWARDEN  R. TAYLOR ST NEOTS FECIT 1803. 
             
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Lois Weedon,     St. Mary the Virgin & St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1924.
Cw.          SP 60156 46980
             
1   1924  AB  
 
 
 
 
   
             
     Previous bells recast in 1924 

(1)  1705 
HP
 
   IN CVLTVM TRINI CLERVS POPVLVSQVE VOCATVR 

(2)     FESTIVOSQVE DIES ME CELEBRARE IVVAT 1705.

(3)   DEFVNCTOS PLORO CAELVM REDDOQVE SERENVM   
HENRICVS PENN ME FESIT 1705.

(4)   DVX EGO NOCTIVAGIS IGNIBVS HOSTIS ACER  EDWARD WILLS  JOHN BATES
  CHVRCH WARDENS 1705. 
             
               Earlier bells recast in 1705 by HP 


[1]        Sancta Margarita ora pro nobis  
 
[2]  1608      GOD SAVE KING JAMES 1608. 
    [3]  1625      1625. 
    [S]         
             
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Long Buckby,      St. Lawrence's Church.       Augmented to 8 bells in 2000.
Gsb.          SP 62716 67743      
             
1     2000   JTBF  FOR ALL THE SAINTS, DONATED BY RICHARD AND MARGARET WADDY AND FAMILY
SEQUOR UT DUCAM     [ I follow in order that I may lead ]
2     2000  JTBF    DONATED BY MICHAEL TUNNICLIFF AND ANNE BROOMHEAD, PRAISE YE THE LORD
3     2000  JTBF  DONATED BY STANLEY RUDDLESDEN AND FAMILY IN MEMORY OF HILDA
RUDDLESDEN, 1926 - 1987     FOR THE LONG BUCKBY VILLAGE MILLENIUM
(1)  [1*]  1814  JB    THE REVD T. COLE VICAR.   J. BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1814.  T. WORSTER  C. W.
5 (2)    1624  H2W    CELORVM CHRSTE PLATIAT TIBI REX SONVS ISTE 1624. 
6 (3)    1624  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE 1624. 
7 (4)    1624  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE 1624. 
8 (5)    1624  H2W    CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENERE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CYPIES IRE 1624. 
             
               Earlier No.(1*) bell recast in 1814 by JB 
    [1*]  1624  H2W    GOD EVAS THE KING 1624. 
             
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Longthorpe, near Peterborough.      St. Botolph's Church. 
TL 16304 98390 
In 1552 records indicate one cracked bell existed at Longthorpe  This was recast at a later date.
       
             
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Lowick,     St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1896.    Anti-clockwise rope layout.
Thr.          SP 97755 81005 
             
    1896  JT     
(1)    c1595  Wg    GOD SAVE THE KINGE 
(2)    c1595  Wg    CUM CUM AND PREA 
(3)  [3*]  1884  JT    
5 (4)    c1599  RcW?    RICHARDE WOODE MADE ME  
6 (5)    1619  H2W    IHS : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1619 
             
               Earlier No.3/5 bell recast in 1884 by JT 
    {3*]  1713  HP    THO. GOODFELLOW  JOHN LEE  CH. W  1713.
             
Inscription on frame : THOMAS GOODFELLOW  JOHN BRANFORD  CHURCHWARDENS  1682 
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Luddington in the Brook, near Oundle.      St. Margaret's Church. 
TL 10307 83667 
    1710  HP    HENRY PENN FUSORE 1710. 
    1710  HP    EDWARD GRIFFIN CH. WA. 1710 
 
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Lutton,     St. Peter's Church.
Pet.        TL 11205 87791 
In 1552 records indicate 3 bells existed within the tower. 
1     1610  Tb1N  JESVS : SPEDE : ME : OMNIA : FIANT : AD : GLORIAM : DEI 1610. 
ROBARTVS : PRICE :  JOHANNES : LOFTVS.
2 (*)    1892  JT     
3 (**   1892  JT     
    1619  Tb1N    NON : CLAMOR : SED : AMOR : CANTAT : IN : AVRE : DEI : 1619. 
             
     Earlier bells recast in 1892 by JT

(2*)    1682  Tb3N    JOHN FERNE C W  TOBIE NORRIS CAST ME 1682. 

(3**   1604  Tb1N    CVM VOCO AD ECCLESIAM VENITE ROBARTVS PRICE ARMIGAR 1604. 
             
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Lyddington, Rutland.     St. Andrew's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1977.
Rut.          SP 87607 96991 
             
    1977  JT     
(1)    1695  Tb3N    J WARING  TOBY NORRIS CASTE ME 1695.  J IRELAND  J CRADIN  C. W. 
3 (2)    1694  Tb3N    W BROWNE. 
4 (3)  [3*]  1861  JT  GREGORY BATEMAN  C. W.  CURATE  TAYLOR & CO FOUNDERS.  T. J. BRYAN  JOSEPH WRIGHT CHURCHWARDENS  A D  1861.
5 (4)    1694  Tb3N    W PRETTY. 
6 (5)    1694  Tb3N    C PRETTY  TOBYAS NORRIS CAST VS ALL ORE IN 1694. 
             
               Earlier No.3/5 bell recast in 1861 by JT 
 
[3*]  1694  Tb3N   
             
Earlier bell frame inscription 
JAMES HILLAND  ROBERT COLLWELL  CHIRCH WARDINS  IOHN BROWNE FECIT 1677.
 
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Lyndon, Rutland.       St. Martin of Tours Church.
Rut.        SK 90728 04420 
(*)   1889  JT     
(**)   1889  JT    
    1716  HP    SAMUEL BARKER ESQUIRE 1716. 
    1687  Tb3N    SR THOS BARKER BARONET OF LINDEN  M P CLAYTON RECTER.   
             
  Earlier bells recast in 1889 by JT
  (1*)    1597  N&W    NUNC MARTNE EGO CANA VOBIS ORE IVCVNDO REMMEDGHVNTE  1597. 
  (2**   1624  Tb1N    OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI  A D 1624. 
             









^^^  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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