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Naseby,        All Saints' Church.
Gsb.          SP 68884 78134 
             
(*)   1939 JT   GOD  SAVE  THE  KING  1633
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1939

  1640 H2W   IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1640. 
(**)   1939 JT IHS NAZARENVS   REX . IVDEORVM  FILI : DEI    MISERERE : MEI   1640
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1939

  1633 H2W   CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENERE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CYPIES IRE  1633. 

  1633 H2W   STATVTVM EST ONMIBVS SEMEL MORI  1633. 
             
  Previous bells 
  (1*)    1633   H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1633.
  (3**   1640  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1640. 
             
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Nassington,     St. Mary the Virgin and All Saints' Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 2016.
Pet.          TL 06323 96176
             

  2016 JT {

{
JOHN TAYLOR & Co BELL FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 2016 *
Waist: THE TEALL TREBLE / GIVEN IN LOVING MEMORY OF / ELEANOR JOAN TEALL / AND / DENNIS GORDON TEALL / BY THEIR CHILDREN / DAVID, MARYON, CHRISTINE AND RICHARD
Sound bow:  NON CLAMOR SED AMOR PSALLIT IN AURE DEI * 
(1)     1874 JWs   CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1874.
(2)     1754 JE   OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI J EAYRE FECIT. T NEVE PREBEND L MALE T HANDSON C.W
(*)     2016 JT {
W YEATS  T THACKER  C W  TOBY NORRIS   CAST ME 1686 
Waist: HILARY HARDIE CHURCHWARDEN / BRIAN HARDIE TOWER CAPTAIN
Opposite: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 2016
(**)     2016 JT {
THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1642
Waist: THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF NASSINGTON VILLAGERS,
Opposite: RECAST 2016 
(5)     1801 TO EDW HANDSON ROB OSBORN CHURCHWARDENS
THOS OSBORN FECIT DOWNHAM NORFOLK 1801.
             
  Previous bells recast in 2016 by JT
  (3*)    1686   Tb3N     X W MEATES  T THACKER C.W TOBY NORRIS CAST ME 1686.
  (4**   1642  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1642. 
             
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Nether Heyford,     St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.    Augmented to 6 bells in 1946.
Dav.          SP 65957 58716
   
According to Daventry branch records, prior to augmentation, the 4 existing bells were sequenced for
an anti-clockwise rope circle. In 1946, the rope positions were re-configured for the common clockwise rope circle.

             
    1946  G&J   GILLETT & JOHNSTON CROYDON 1946  H. I. LONGDEN DIED IN 1942 
    1946 G&J    GILLETT & JOHNSTON CROYDON 1946  VICTORY 1939 - 1945 
(1)    1638  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1638 
(2)   1601  Wg    CVM CVM AND PRAIE 1601 
(3)   1704  HP    JOHN PAINE THOMAS MIDDLETON CHURCHWARDENS  HENRY PENN MADE ME 1704 
(4)   1601  Wg  THOMAS MORGAN ESQVIER GAVE MEE TO THE CHVRCH OF HEFORD FRANKE AND FREE
1601 
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Newborough, near Peterborough.    St. Bartholomew's Church. 
TF 20387 06006 
             
    1885  JWs     

  1885  JWs     
  Earlier bells 
  (1)    1828  WD    WILLIAM DOBSON, FOUNDER, DOWNHAM NORFOLK  1828.
  (2)    1828  WD    WILLIAM DOBSON, DOWNHAM NORFOLK, FOUNDER, 1828. 
             
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Newbottle, near Banbury.     St. James' Church.     Chimed. 
SP 52356 36911 
             

  1660  H1B    JOHN TURLAN  RICHERD MATTHOWS  CHURCHWARDENS  1660. 
    1800  JB    
             
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Newnham,     St. Michael & All Angels Church.     
Dav.        SP 58090 59726
 
Records state, 3 bells existed at Newnham in 1552, 5 bells in 1633 and finally, six bells in situ by 1660.
             

  1660  RK    THE FREE GVIFT OF JOHN THORNTON SQVIRE 1660. 
(1)   1633  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1633. 
(*)       1769  JE    ROBT. MEACOCK. ROBT. DUCKLEY. CHURCHWARDENS JOSEPH EAYRE FECIT 1769.
(3)   1632  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1632. 
(4)   1632  H2W    CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENERE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CYPIES IRE 1632. 
(5)   1632 H2W    CVM SONO SI NON VIS VENERE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CYPIES IRE 1632. 
             
  Previous No. [2/5] bell 
  (2*)    1632  H2W    IH’S : NAZARENVS REX : IVDEORVM FILI : DEI MISERERE : MEI  1632.
             
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Newton Bromswold, near Rushden.     St. Peter's Church.     Status unknown.
SP 99813 65861 
 
(1)   1746  T1E    GRATA SIT ARGUTA RESONANS CAMPANA VOCE   W. HARRIS  C.W. 1746. 
    1887  JT     
(2)   c1500  BsEF    sancte petri ora pronobis  
(3)    1639  H2W    GFEDCBA  ONMLKIH  WVTSRQP  ONML  1639. 
             
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Newton in the Willows, near Kettering.   St. Faith's Church, deconsecrated.   
Church building now used as the Newton Field Centre. 
SP 88442 83286
    1806  WT    JOHN RIPPEN  CHURCHWARDEN   W. TAYLOR ST NEOTS FECIT 1806. 
             
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Normanton, Rutland.    St. Matthew's Church, deconsecrated in 1970.
SK 93256 06280 
    1749  T1H    GOD BE OVR 1749 SPEED.  HEDDERLY. 
             
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Northborough, near Peterborough.    St. Andrew's Church,    Chimed.
TF 15255 07960 
1     1611  Tb1N    CVM VOCO AD ECCLESIAM VENITE  W  L.   A  S.  1611.  
    c1410  JdeC  ISTA : CAMPANA : FACTA : EST : IN : HONORE : STA : ANDREE : 
(This Bell has been made in honour of Saint Andrew). 
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North Luffenham, Rutland,      St. John the Baptist Church.       Augmented to 6 bells in 1989.
Rut.          SK 93434 03255
             

  1989  JTBF     
(1)   1630  TmN    JO EXTON  ED HVNT  RO MYNTON  HE LAW  CH WA  1630. 
(2)   c1599  Ng    Melodie Geret Nomen Campana. 
(3)   1618  Tb1N    OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI  1618  E HVNT  H STAFFORD  GARDIAN 
(4)    1742  T1E    THO EAYRE FECIT 1742 : OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI : GLORIA DEO SOLI. 
(*)    1989  JTBF     
         
  Previous No.(5/5) bell 
  (5*)   1619  Tb1N ?    JA DIGBY  JO BASSET  IZ JOHNSON  ED HVNT  HE STAFFORD  DA GIBSON 1619  
  Earlier clock bell     
  (C)   c18th.c       
             
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Norton,    All Saints' Church.
Dav.          SP 60297 63698
             
(*)   1965  JT    GOD SAVE THE KING 1640  J T  RECAST 1965. 
(2)   1640  H2W    MLKIHG FEDCBA VTSRQPON KIHGFED VTSRXW 1640
(3)   1640  H2W    MLKIHG FEDCBA VTSRQPON KIHGFED VTSRXW 1640  
(4)   1640  H2W    MLKIHG FEDCBA VTSRQPON LKIHGF EDCBA 1640 
(5)    1640  H2W    TO CHVRCH THE LIVEING I DOE CALL THE DEAD TO GRAVE I SVMMON ALL 1640  
             
  Previous No.(1*) bell 
  (1*)   1640  H2W    GOD SAVE THE KING 1640 

     

 









^^^  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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