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The Church Bell Inventory of Northamptonshire and Rutland.
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Old,   St. Andrew's  Church.        Augmented to 5 bells in 1825.       Currently un-ringable. 
Historically known as Wold.
 
Gsb.          SP 78536 73123                       
                  
  1825  T2M   T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1825.  
(1)  1723 T1E {
THOMAS HAYES RECTOR : J : WARREN : S : CHAPMAN. C.W. IHS NAZARENUS REX JUDEORUM
FILI DEI MISERERE MEI AD 1723.
(Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me). 
(2)  1631  H2W   JAMES FORSYTH P. WILLIAM CHAPMAN JAMES LADD 1631 
(3)  c1480  JDB  {
Missi De Celis Haboe Nomen Gabrielis
(I have the name of Gabriel, [who was] sent from Heaven). 
5 (4)  1639  H2W  {
JOHANNES STEPHENS ME DEDIT WILLIAM CHAPMAN. GREGARI DEXTER AND JOHN PETTEVER GARDIANI ANNO 1639
           
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Orton, near Rothwell, Kettering.         All Saints' Church
SP 80561 79420
1(Dis)    1775  EA    EDWARD ARNOLD ST NEOTS FECIT 1775.    
           
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Orlingbury       St. Mary the Virgin Church.        Augmented to 6 bells in 1993.
Well.          SP 85951 72359          
                  
  1993  JTBF  {
{
JOHN TAYLOR BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH  
Waist: CAST TO COMMEMORATE / THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF /
THE CONSECRATION OF / THIS CHURCH
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 93
2 (1)  1843  T2M    GOD SAVE THE KING. THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER LONDON 1843. 
3 (2)  1843  T2M  LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD.
THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER LONDON 1843. 
4 (3)  2000  JTBF {
{
{
JOHN TAYLOR BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 2000
Waist: RECAST IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / VIVIENNE MARY CLODE /
26 MAY 1928 - 30 NOVEMBER 1998
Opposite: THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER, LONDON, 1843 / THE LORD IS GREAT/ AND GREATLY
TO BE PRAISED
5 (4)  1919  G&J     
6 (5)  1843  T2M REJOICE WITH THEM THAT DO REJOICE AND WEEP WITH THEM THAT WEEP. 
THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER LONDON 1843. 
 
           Previous 3/5 bell recast in 2000.

3/5  1843 T2M THE LORD IS GREAT AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED.
THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER LONDON 1843. 
  Previous 4/5 bell recast in1919.

4/5  1843 T2M   HOLINESS TO THE LORD.  THOMAS MEARS FOUNDER LONDON 1843. 
   

   
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Oundle      St. Peter's Church.   
Pet.          TL 04179 88201         
 
In 1700, records indicate 4 bells existed in the tower.
  1868 M&S igne fracta, 1868, Renovata, per Mears et Stainbank, London 1869. J. Nussey V.  J. D. Watts Russell, Armig,  R Price, Oppid, C. W. 
  1868  M&S   igne fracta, 1868, Renovata, per Mears et Stainbank, London 1869.
  1868  M&S   igne fracta, 1868, Renovata, per Mears et Stainbank, London 1869.
  1735  T1E   OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI : GLORIA PATRI FILIO & SPIRITUI SANCTO  1735 THO : EAYRE. 
  1742  T1E OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI :  THO : EAYRE FECIT : JOS PALMER AND THO RAGSDELL 
C : W  1742.
  1763  JE  RICHARD LISSETT VICAR  THO : BLOWFIELD  WM PALMER CHURCHWARDENS. 
JOSEPH EAYRE FECIT 1763. 
  1801  TO  JOSEPH LODDINGTON VICAR, MILES BERKELEY  WILLIAM TODD CHURCHWARDENS,
THOMAS OSBORN FECIT A.D. 1801. 
8   1868  M&S    igne fracta, 1868, Renovata, per Mears et Stainbank, London 1869.
           
            Earlier bells, recast in 1868 by M&S.

(1)  1780  TO   EXAUDI ALTERAM PARTEM  THOS OSBORN DOWNHAM FECIT 1780. 

(2)  1780  TO    AUDI ME INVOCAMTEM, THOS OSBORN DOWNHAM FECIT 1780. 

(3)  1688  H2B    EX DONO JOHANNIS LEWIS DE OUNDLE APOTHECARII  HENRICVS BAGLEY ME FECIT 1688.  

         

(8)  1748 T1E  {
T : EAYRE FECIT : ON THE OLD BELL WAS THE FOLLOWING INSCRIPTION :
THOMAS FRANKLIN PAID FOR ME : OF WHOSE SOUL IHU HAVE MERCE : 
THOMAS RAGSDALL : & : TOBY ROSE  C : W. 1748.
           
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Oundle,        Most Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, West Street.       Chimed.
TL 03685 88099 
1/1    1958  JT  MDCCCLXXIX       T : C : L
Waist: RECAST BY / JOHN TAYLOR & CO / LOUGHBOROUGH / 1958 
           
  Previous bell recast in 1958 by JT 
1/1    1879     
           
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Overstone      St. Nicholas' Church.                
Ntn.          SP 80554 66077             
Records indicate, 2 bells existed at Overstone in 1878.
           
(1)  1609  N&W    ABCDE FGHIK LMNO 1609
(2)  1676  H1B    HENRICVS BAGLEY ME FECIT 1676
  1903  JT    C. BACH. RECTOR / J. COX } / J. ASPINAL } CH. WARDENS
           









^^^  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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