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Lost, sold or removed bells from demolished or reduced Churches.


Barnwell, All Saints' Church. ( Main Street. )       TL 04864 84415

Parts of the Church were demolished in 1821 and the 4 bells sold.



Barrow, Rutland. St. Mary's Church.

Church deconsecrated and presumably sold, whereabouts of the c19th.century bell unknown.



Boughton, St. John's "old" Church.        SP 76485 65646

 

Church in ruins.

In 1552, records indicate 2 bells with the tower.



Clopton, near Thrapston.       St. Peter's "old" Church.      Approx. co-ordinates TL 06602 80006


Old Church demolished, but was either sited at, or close to, the modern Church of the same dedication.

In 1552, records indicate 4 bells at Clopton.
       
no information  
no information 
1370-1425   JY  Ihoes Zorke fecit me in honorem Sci Petri.  
Sancte Petre ora pro nobis. 
                                                                                          


Daventry, St. James' Church, St. James Street.     Approx. co-ordinates  SP 57121 62381 - space now a car park.  

Church demolished 1962.

Bell on display in the ringing chamber at Holy Cross Church, Daventry.

1839  T2M  THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER LONDON 1839.    Wt. 2-2-0 
           


Faxton, St. Denis' Church, (now demolished).       Approx. co-ordinates   SP 78270 75317

Bells were recast, (see Stanwick)

1703  HP  HENRY PENN MADE ME 1703. 
1703  HP  1703.
       

Lilford, St. Peter's Church.    Church demolished c1778. 

Records indicate 4 bells existed at Lilford. Whereabouts unknown.



Little Brington, St.John's Church.       SP 66335 63397

Nave, aisles and Chancel were demolished but tower and spire remain standing. 

Whereabouts of bell unknown.

1856  CGM  C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1856. 
       

Northampton, St. Andrew's Church.     Church demolished.

Whereabouts of bell unknown.

1/1  1952  JT  W & J TAYLOR FOUNDERS OXFORD. 1842. 
Waist: GIVE PEACE IN OUR TIME, O LORD
Opposite: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1952
                                                                                                                  
Previous bell 
1/1  1842  W&JT  W & J TAYLOR FOUNDERS OXFORD. 1842.  
       


Northampton, St. Edmund's Church, ("new" Church).      SP 76436 60912

Church demolished.

Only the Churchyard remains in situ, A4500 frontage, between Palmerston Road and St. Edmund's Street .

Bells sold to Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand, and 7 remain as part of the ring (1-4 and 6-8). 5th supposed recast so to become correct note. 

1 to 8  1884  JT  - - - -                          tenor wt. 17-3-25 
                    
Previous bell presumed recast in 1884 by JT 
 
1/1  1851  JWs  J. WARNER & SON FOUNDERS LONDON 1851   diam. 21" 
         
Thomas North indicates two earlier bells existed at the "old" Church of St. Edmund's. These bells were sold, date unknown.

 


Northampton, St. Katherine's Church.        Approx. co-ordinates SP 75247 60530

Church demolished. 

Only the Churchyard remains in situ, Katherine's Street, off A508 Horsemarket.

The metal from this bell was used to cast two treble bells for Weedon Bec in 1950

by John Taylor & Co. Loughborough.

1/1  1839  W&JT  W & J TAYLOR BELL FOUNDERS OXFORD 1839.   Wt. 12-3-0 
         
Ref. Daventry branch, notes for Weedon Bec.
 


Northampton, St. Lawrence's Church.  Building sold and is now a Polish Church.

St. Stanislaus and St. Lawrence's Church, Duke Street, N'ton.    SP 75753 61201

Unknown if bell is still in situ.

1/1  1885   JT           
       

Northampton, St. Paul's Church.    Church building no longer exists.      Approx. co-ordinates SP 752 618        

Whereabouts of bell unknown, no further information available.

1/1  c1890    JWs ?        
       

Peterborough. St. Barnabas Church, Taverners Road.  Church building used as a school.  

TL 18665 99904

Whereabouts of bell unknown, no further information available.

1/1  c1900  founder unknown  Chimed.   
       

Rushton, St. Peter's Church, (demolished c1799).

Records indicate one bell existed at St. Peter's Church in 1700.










^^^  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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