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Maidford, South Northants.    St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.

SP 60961 52541

1625  RA  R  A  1625. 
1663  H1B  HENRY BAGLEY MADE ME 1663. 
       

Maidwell,     St. Mary's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1895.

Gsb.          SP 74909 76940 
             
    1895  JT  REGINALD AND MARGARET LODER 25.7.1895.
Also inscribed “F. White & Son, bell Hangers, Appleton, Berks”
2 (1)    1772  EA    EDWARD ARNOLD ST NEOTS FECIT SEPTR  18  1772. 
3 (2)    1772  EA    1772. 
4 (3)    1772  EA    1772. 
5 (4)|    1772  EA    1772. 
6 (5)  [*]  1772  EA    EDWARD ARNOLD ST NEOTS FECIT  1772. 

           
            Earlier No.[5/5] bell recast in 1772. 

  [5*]  1482     ?    {
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Mille quadringentis octogintaque duobus annis fusa fui lapsis ab origine chricti
agenetrice pia protervis dicta Maria. (1482).
“ I was poured when 1482 shameful years had passed from the birth of Christ
by his holy mother, called Mary”

(Translation, courtesy of Classics dept. at MCS Oxford). 
             


Manton, Rutland.    St. Mary the Virgin Church.

SK 88069 04678

  1920  JT  + CVM : VOCO : AD : ECCLESIAM : VENITE : 1619 T S
Waist: RECAST 1920
  1920  JT  A B C    D E F    G H I  +
Waist: RECAST 1920
    Earlier bells 
  (1)  1619  Tb1N    CVM : VOCO : AD : ECCLESIAM : VENITE :  1619  T. S. 
  (2)  16th.c  Ng    ABCDEFGHI 
                                                                                                       

Marholm, near Peterborough.    St. Mary the Virgin Church.

TF 14618 01917

1678  Tb3N  TOBY NORRIS CAST ME 1678. 
       

Market Overton, Rutland,    St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1888.

Rut.      SK 88583 16452 
         
  1888  JT   
(1)  1737  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI : GLORIA PATRI FILIO ET SPIRITUI SANCTO : T. E. 1737. 
(*)  1885  JT   
(3)  1737  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI : GLORIA PATRI FILIO ET SPIRITUI SANCTO : THO : EAYRE : 1737. 
  1888  JT   
         
     Earlier No.(2/3) bell, recast in 1885 
  [2*]  1658    T D   W P  1658. 
         

Marston St. Lawrence,    St. Lawrence's Church.    Bell No's.2 & 3 are Royal-Headed bells.

Cw.      SP 53612 42076
         
1627  E1K    (inscription illegible)  1627.
c1399  WR  RH  PRO THOME LAVDE RESONABO MODO SINE FRAUDE. 
c1399  WR  RH  EDWARDI NOTA SONET NEC DVLCISISMA TOTA. 
1627  E1K    PRAYES THE LORD 1627. 
1639 H1B    BY MY VOYCE THE PEOPLE MAY KNOW TO COME TO HEARE THE WORD OF GOD HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1639. 

Marston Trussell,     St. Nicholas' Church.    Augmented to 6 bells in late 2013.
             
Gsb.          SP 69358 85929 
                                                                                                                                                                               
    2012  Eijs  {
{
{
EIJSBOUTS ASTENSIS ME FECIT 2012 ARMITAGE ….... 
Waist: IN MEMORIAM / PAUL STEDMAN GEORGE ARMITAGE / HOROLOGICAL ENGINEER
& BELL HANGER / 1980-2009
Opposite: MY NAME IS PAUL / COME WHEN I CALL / DIAMOND JUBILEE OF
/ QUEEN ELIZABETH II  2012
2 (1)    1621  H2W    MARKE BREWSTER MARCHANT GAVE THE GREAT BELL OF THIS RING 1621. 
3 (2)    1622  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1622.*
4 (3)    1612  H1W    ABCD  EFGHI  KLMNO 
5 (4)    1622  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 1622.*  
6 (5)  [*]  1959  JT     
            NB; *verification required, inscriptions are deemed correct but uncertain if reversed between
bell No's.2 & 4. 
            Earlier No.[5/5] bell recast in 1959 by JT
    [5*]  1623  H2W  IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 1623.
MARK BREWSTER GAVE THIS BELL. 
             

Maxey,     St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1853.

Pet.        TF 11997 07931
                                                                                                                                                                                         
  1853  CGM    C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1853. 
2   (*)  1906  JT  THOS. OSBORN FECIT 1800
Waist: RECAST 1906
(2)  1661  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1661. 
(** 1906  JT THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1661 +
Waist: RECAST 1906
(4)  1800  TO    THOMAS OSBORN FOUNDER DOWNHAM NORFOLK 1800.  
(***)  1906  JT {
THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1661 W KING 1 FREEMAN +
Waist: R.E.P. GORRINGE, VICAR / J. G. PERKINS } / T. M. LAKE } CHURCHWARDENS /
RECAST 1906 
           

Previous bells. 

(1*)  1800  TO   THOMAS OSBORN FECIT  1800.

(2)  1661 TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1661. 

(3** 1661  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1661. 

(4)  1800  TO    THOMAS OSBORN  FOUNDER  DOWNHAM  NORFOLK  1800.  

(5***)  1661  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE MEE 1661  W KING  J FREEMAN. 
           
 

Mears Ashby,     All Saints' Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1879 and again in 1913 to 6 bells.

Well.          SP 83838 66652 
             
    1913  JT    TE DEUM LAUDAMUS / FIVE BELLS RECAST AND THIS BELL ADDED 1913
(*)  1913  JT {
JOH. TAYLOR & CO. LOUGHBOR. FECERUNT 1879 IN DEI GLORIAM /
H. M. STOCKDALE & T. MERCER D.D. 1879
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1913
(**)   JOHN CALLIS CHURCHWARDEN  E. ARNOLD FECIT 1793   RECAST 1913

  E N GOD SAVE I K OVR KING 1621    RECAST 1913

  A   BDC   FGHI  KLMNO    PQRST        RECAST 1913

{
HIS NAZARENVS REX IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE MEI  S : PRATT & W :
CHURCH HIEROPHYLACIBUS  T : I : EAYRE FECERUNT   1718
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) /  RECAST 1913
             
    Previous bells 
  (1*)    1879  JT    JOH. TAYLOR & CO. LOUGHBOR. FECERUNT 1879 IN DEI GLORIAM  
  (2**)   [1]  1793  EA    JOHN CALLIS CHURCHWARDEN  E ARNOLD FECIT 1793.  
  (3)  [2]  1621  JK   GOD SAVE OVR KING 1621. E N 
  (4) [3]   ?  N&W    A  BDE  FGHI  KLMNO  PQRST 
  (5)   [4]  1718  T&JE  IHS NAZARENVS REX IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE MEI   
S. PRATT.  &  W. CHURCH HIEROPHYLACIBUS   T. & J. EAYRE FECERUNT 1718 
             


Middleton Cheney,     All Saints' Church.

Cw.        SP 49843 42030
In 1552 records indicate 4 bells existed within the tower.
                                                                                                                                                                                      
  1671  H1B    GEORGIVS HOLMAN DNS DE WARKEWORTH DEDIT  1671. 
  1659  H1B    CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM  HENRY BAGLE MADE MEE  1659  R H 
  1680  H1B    WILLIAM PARIS  JAMES CARTER  CHURCHWARDENS  1680. 
(*)  1888  M&S     
  1651  JK  THOMAS WARDE  WILLIAM JUDGE  C  W  THOMAS PEN  NICHOLAS PARRIS 
I  K  MADE MEE  1651. 
  1640  H1B  LET AARONS BELLS BE CONTINVALI AMVNG VS RVNG THE WORD STILL PREACHT
AND AN HALLELELV : JAH SONG  1640.  
           
  1810  JB    J. BRIANT HERTFORD  1810. 
           
     Previous No.(4/6) bell, recast in 1888 

(4*)  1693  WB  MATTHEW NEAL  FRANSI IACKMAN  CHVRCHWARDENS 
WILLIAM BAGLY MADE MEE  1693. 
           

Milton Malsor,    Holy Cross Church.

Ntn.        SP 73658 55555 
             
}
}
}
1686 

M1B
&
H2B 
CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM 1686. 
HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1686. 
MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1686. 
}
}
1682   M1B
&    
H2B 
HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1682. 
EDWARD DRY AND STEPHEN MILES CHVRCHWARDENS 1682. 
                      
 

Morcott, Rutland.     St. Mary the Virgin Church.

Rut.    SK 92461 00787 
       
1637  TmN  THOS NORRIS MADE ME 1637. 
c1599  FW  ABCDEFGHIKLMNO. 
c1599  Ng  S  MARIA 
1726  T1E   
       
Un  c1620   ? AD MONEO CUM MOVEO.
       

Moreton Pinkney,     St. Mary the Virgin Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1996.

Cw.          SP 57396 49053 
In 1552 records indicate 4 bells existed within the tower.
 
1996                                                                                                                                                                  
1996  WBF   
1996  WBF   
1996  WBF   
1996 WBF   
1996  WBF   
(3/5)    1629  H2W  IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me).  
             
          Previous bells as at 1893 
(1)  [*]  1893  M&S  ^   
(2)  [** 1893  M&S  ^   

(3)    1629  H2W  IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me). 
- (4)  [***]  1893  M&S   
- (5)  [**** 1893  M&S     
             
    Earlier bells as at 1629           [ 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 & 5/5 ] bells recast in 1893 by M&S
[1*]  1629  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1629. 
[2** 1629  H2W  CELORVM CHRSTE PLATIAT TIBI REX SONVS ISTE 
(O Christ the King of Heaven, may this sound be pleasing to Thee). 
 (not recast) [3/5]  1629  H2W  IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me).  
[4***]  1629  H2W  IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI 
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me). 
[5**** 1629  H2W  CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENERE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CYPIES IRE  
(If you be unwilling to come when I call, To prayers you’ll not wish to go at all).
             
  ^Note: M&S 1/5 and 2/5 bells were re-used for c4 and c6 chime bells at Towcester. 
             









^^^  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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