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All Saints' Church, N'ton.   Augmentations : 6 to 8 bells in 1782;  8 to 10 bells in 2006.
Ntn.        SP 75447 60446
               
2006  TE&S  {

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CORPUS CHRISTI 2006   
Waist: Ad cenam agni providi / Stolis salutis candidi / Post transitum Maris rubri / Christo Canamus principi
Soundbow:TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
{
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 2006  
Waist: Ave maris stella / Dei mater alma / Atque semper Virgo / Felix coeli porta
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
2006  TE&S  {
ST ANNE  Good St Anne | Mother of her who is | Our life and sweetness | And our hope | Pray to her for us
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
ST OSYTH  Deliver us | From fire, from water | And from all misadventure
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
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ST JAMES  Lord | Who shall sit beside thee | Enthroned on either hand | When clouds no longer hide thee | And all thy faithful band
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
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ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST  Deus | Pro sua infinita clementia | Ecclesiae suae pacem | Et unitatem concedat | Augustissimam reginum.. | ..Nostram Elizabetham conservet.. | ..Et pacem universo reno... | Et omnibus Christianis largiatur
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
{
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST  Serva reginam Domine | Da pacem in diebus nostris | Et exaudi nos in die | Quocumque invocamus te
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
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ST GEORGE 2006  
Waist: To George our Saint / Thou gavest grace / Without one fear / All foes to face / And to confess / By faithful death / That word of life / Which was one breath
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH

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THE HOLY ROOD 2006
Waist: With joy / I take this crown of thorn / Though sharp / Yet easy to be born
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
10  {
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THE HOLY TRINITY 2006  
Waist: I bind unto myself today / The strong name of the Trinity / By invocation of the same / The three in one and one in three
Soundbow: TAYLORS EAYRE & SMITH LOUGHBOROUGH
           
      Previous bells 

(1)  } 1782  Ch&M  I MEAN TO MAKE IT UNDERSTOOD THAT THOUGH I'M LITTLE YET I'M GOOD 
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782. 

(2)  IF YOU HAVE A JUDICIOUS EAR YOU'LL OWN MY VOICE IS SWEET AND CLEAR
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782. 

(3)  } 1782  Ch&M  WHILST THUS WE JOIN IN CHEERFUL SOUND MAY LOVE AND LOYALTY ABOUND
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782.  

(4)  THOUGH MUCH AGAINST US MAY BE SAID TO SPEAK FOR OURSELVES WE'RE NOT AFRAID
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782.  
  (5)  YE PEOPLE ALL WE HEAR US RING  BE FAITHFUL TO OUR GOD & KING 
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782. 

(6)  SUCH WONDROUS POWER TO MUSIC'S GIVEN IT ELEVATES THE SOUL TO HEAVEN
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782.  

(7)  {
TO HONOUR BOTH OF GOD AND KING OUR VOICES SHALL IN CONSORT RING
CLARKE HILLYARD ESQRE MAYOR JOHN LACEY AND WM MARSHALL BAILIFFS 1782
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782.  

(8)  {
{
IN WEDLOCK'S BANDS ALL YE WHO JOIN WITH HANDS YOUR HEARTS UNITE SO SHALL
OUR TUNEFUL TONGUES COMBINE TO LAUD THE NUPTIAL RITE 
MESSRS JNO. WYE AND JNO KING CHURCHWARDENS 
CHAPMAN & MEARS OF LONDON FECERUNT 1782.  
           
Prior to 1782, records state, there were 6 earlier bells, all cast by the Bagley foundry.
           
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St. Giles' Church, N'ton.    Augmented from 6 to 8 bells in 1783 and again in 1895 to 10 bells.
Ntn.        SP 75915 60576
           
  1895  JT  {
+ LAUDO DEUM ET LIBERUM PIETATEM IN ANNAM HOLDING MATREM DICO FECERUNT ME
JOANNES TAYLOR ET SOCII / A.D. MDCCCXCV / RICARDO A. WHITE A.M. VICARIO / GULIELMO PITTS } / GULIELMO SMITH } ÆDILIBUS
  1895  JT  {
+ LAUDO DEUM ET LIBERUM PIETATEM IN HENRICUM HOLDING MATREM DICO FECERUNT ME
JOANNES TAYLOR ET SOCII / A.D. MDCCCXCV / RICARDO A. WHITE A.M. VICARIO / GULIELMO PITTS } / GULIELMO SMITH } ÆDILIBUS
(1)  } 1783 EA LONG LIFE AND PROSPERITY TO OUR WORTHY SUBSCRIBERS. E. ARNOLD ST NEOTS 1783.
(2)  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI. 
(3)  WHILE THUS WE JOIN IN CHEERFUL SOUND MAY LOVE AND LOYALTY ABOUND.
(4)  EDWARD WATKIN VICAR  EDWARD KIRBY & JOHN HESKETH  CHURCHWARDENS.  
(5)  LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD.
(6)  SIX BELLS RECAST BY RATE AND TWO TREBLES BY SUBSCRIPTION.
(7)  THE JOYS OF PEACE OUR INFANT VOICE PROCLAIM WITH HOLLAND FRANCE AMERICA
AND SPAIN.
10 (8)  EDWARD WATKIN VICAR  EDWARD KIRBY AND JOHN HESKETH  CHURCHWARDENS. 
           
  Earlier No.4 of 6 bells, recast in 1783. 
  4/6        Sit Pater Flamen, Prolesque micans modulamen.
           
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Holy Sepulchre Church, N'ton.     Augmented to 8 bells in 1898.
Ntn.        SP 75368 60935
           
  }1927   G&J 
   
  }1927   G&J   
 
 
 
  1681    H2B  HENREY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1681. 
  1927    G&J   
           
Previous bells (except No.7) recast in 1927. [with the original line up of 6 pre 1898 bells shown in square brackets]

(1)  1898  M&S     

(2)  1898  M&S     
           
[1]  (3)  1739  TR  THOMAS RVSSELL MADE ME   ROBERT MORRIS AND WILLIAM BVTTLING  CHVRCHWARDENS 
IN 1739.  
[2]  (4)  1681  H2B    EDWARD WARD AND JOSEPH DOBSON CHVRCHWARDENS 1681. 
[3] (5)  1857  JT  REVD W. BUTLIN VICAR TAYLOR & SON OF LOUGHBORO FOUNDERS   JOSEPH COLLEDGE 
CHARLES IRESON JUNR CHURHWARDENS  1857.
[4]  (6)  1805    THE REVD THOS WATTS VICAR THOS ARMFIELD & J. HARRIS  C. WARDENS JOHN BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1805.
[5] (7)  1681  H2B    (not recast) 

[6]

 
(8)  1733
TR
{
I TO THE CHVRCH THE LIVING CALL AND TO THE GRAVE DO SVMMONS ALL   
THOMAS RUSSELL OF WOOTTON MADE ME  JAMES HACKELTON AND WILLIAM CHAMBERLIN LATE JOHN SMITH AND WILLIAM BVTLIN PRESENT  CHVRCHWARDENS IN 1733.   
                
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St. Peter's Church, N'ton.        Churches Conservation Trust.
Ntn.       SP 74971 60376 
Records indicate, prior to 1734, 4 bells existed in the tower. 
           
  } 1734 A2R  PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD 1734. 
  PROSPERITY TO THIS PARISH 
  FEAR GOD HONOUR THE KING 1734. 
   
  AB. RUDHAL OF GLOUCESTER CAST US ALL 1734. 
  PROSPERITY TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 1734.  
  SIR ARTHUR HASLERIGG BARONET AND NICHOLAS BATTIM ALD. CHURCHWARDENS 1734.  
  THE GIFT OF SIR ARTHUR HASLERIGG BARONET 1734.  
           
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St. Matthew's Church, Kettering Road, N'ton.      Hung dead.
SP 76719 62150 
1897  JB&C  + SANCTUS . PETRUS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . ANDREAS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
} + SANCTUS . JACOBUS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . JOANNES + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
4b  + SANCTUS . PHILIPPUS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . BARTHOLOMÆUS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . THOMAS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
6b  + SANCTUS . MATTHIAS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . JACOBUS . (MINOR) + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . JUDAS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
+ SANCTUS . SIMON + A.D. MDCCCXCVII +
Waist: (Barwell crest)
10  {
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+ SANCTUS . MATTHÆUS + A.D. MDCCCXCVII + JACOBUS BARWELL BIRMINGHAM FECIT
Waist: . PICKERING . PHIPPS . AD . HONOREM . DEI . / . HAS . CAMPANAS . DUODECIM . DEDIT . / . JOANNE . ROWDEN . HUSSEY . VICARIO . / . JOANNE . HAVILAND . } / . FRED . A . ROBINSON. } ÆDILIBUS .
Opposite: (Barwell crest)
           
Sanctus bell - hemispherical
  1893  M&S     
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Christ Church, Christchurch Road, N'ton.    Chimed.
SP 77164 61271 
  c1906  AB     
           
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St. David's Church, Eastern Avenue South, N'ton.     Chimed.
SP 75934 63327
  1952  JT    JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1952 *
           
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Holy Trinity and St. Paul's Church, Edinburgh Road, N'ton.
SP 75478 62521
  1909  JB&C     
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St. Alban the Martyr Church, Broadmead Avenue, N'ton.
SP 77695 62940
  1937  M&S     
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St. Mary the Virgin Church, Towcester Road, N'ton.   Chimed.
SP 74915 59259 
  1874  JT     
  1874  JT     
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St. Michael and All Angels with St. Edmund's Church, Perry Street, N'ton. 
SP 76493 61388
  1899  JT     
           
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Our Lady Immaculate and St.Thomas of Canterbury, Roman Catholic Cathedral,  A508, Barrack Road, N'ton.
SP 75295 61669 
  1958  JT  Waist: ANCILLA IMMACULATA / MCMLVIII
Opposite: (Taylor’s circular mark)









^^^  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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