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Other Church (or Chapel) bells.



Clay Coton, formerly St. Andrew's Church, now a private residence.           Bells hung dead.
Gsb.        SP 59375 76970
1 (*)  1810  JB    A. JOHNSON C.W. J. BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT 1810.
2   1615 H2W  CELORVM CHRSTE PLACEAT TIBI REX SONYS ISTE 
(O Christ the King of Heaven, may this sound be pleasing to thee) 

3   1619  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 No.(1*) bell

(1*)    EN    EDWARDE NEWCOMEN 
           


Drayton House Chapel, near Lowick, East Northants.           (house not open to the general public)
Approximate co-ordinates SP 96333 80027
1/1    1909  JT  GLORIA DEO SOLI / T : EAYRE / THE LADY ELIZABETH GERMAIN / 1737 /
TEMPUS SED TACITUM SUBRUIT / RECAST 1909 / S.G.S-S. 
  Previous bell 
  (1/1)  1737  T1E  GLORIA DEO SOLI / T : EAYRE / THE LADY ELIZABETH GERMAIN / 1737 /
TEMPUS SED TACITUM SUBRUIT   


Great Harrowden, near Wellingborough.      Lord Vaux, Roman Catholic Chapel, Harrowden Hall.
SP 88179 70800     
1/1    1926  JT  {
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(Words with crowned initial letters) 
VENITE ADOREMUS  (blackberry leaf border)
Waist: (Arms with stag’s head and cross) 
HARROWDEN MAGNA / A.D. 1926
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark)
                 

Little Bowden, St. Hugh's Church, Granville Street.                Chimed ?
SP 73691 86582                           
Little Bowden Village was originally within Northamptonshire, but now in Leicestershire due to County boundary
changes of
 1891 and 1895. St. Hugh's was built in 1939, opening in 1940 therefore officially a Leicester
Diocese Church.
The No.1 bell came from the former (adjacent) Mission Church, opening in 1893 and now used as the Church Hall.

Bells are recorded here purely for reference purposes.

           
  1869  JWs    Soundbow: J WARNER & SONS LONDON 1869 
     
  Rd-g     
           

Little Bowden,    St. Nicholas' Church, Rectory Lane.              Chimed ?
SP 74019 86932 
Village was originally within Northamptonshire, but now in Leicestershire due to County boundary
changes in 1891 and 1895. 

           
  1900  JT    JOHN TAYLOR & CO * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1900 * 
  1900  JT    JOHN TAYLOR & CO * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1900 * 
           
  Previous 3 bells (when Church and village were within Northamptonshire). 

(1)    R?N    ROBADE NEWCOME 

(2)  1675  Tb3N    E PEABODY TOBIEAS NORRIS CAST ME 1675. 

(3)  1750  T1E      OMNIA FIANT GLORIAM DEI  JOSEPH COLEMAN : C : W : A : D . 1750 : T : EAYRE : FECIT :  
           
    Local records indicate a total of 5 bells existed at St. Nicholas' Church in earlier times.
 


Little Oakley, near Corby.    St. Peter's Church. 

SP 89192 85593

Church sold for conversion into a private dwelling. (Bell still in situ as at 29/6/2019)

  1913  JT  {
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REVD. J. L. SUTTON. RECTOR * B. PYWELL C.W. * J. TAYLOR FOUNDER
OXFORD AND BIDEFORD 1833
Waist: * RECAST 1913 * / REVD. A. R. GRAHAM, RECTOR. / A. SHERRATT, C.W.
Opposite: (Taylor’s mark)
                                                                                                                                                      
  Previous No.(1) bell recast in 1913 by JT
  (1)  1833  JTy  {  REV. J. L. SUTTON RECTOR. B PYWELL  C. W.  J TAYLOR FOUNDER
OXFORD & BIDEFORD 1833.  
           

Long Buckby Wharf, Mission Church (1875)now a private residence.

SP 60916 65247

1 bell in gable-end bell cote. Founder and date unknown.


Stamford Baron,    St. Martin's Church. 
Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Southern branch.        TF 03105 06786
Formerly in Northamptonshire, now in Lincolnshire due to County boundary changes.
Lincoln Diocese and Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

           
} 1850  CGM    { C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1850.
}   { C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1850.
}   { C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1850.
}   { C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1850.
}   { C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1850.
}   { C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1850.
 
       
    Earlier bells as at 1552, recast in 1850. 
  (1)     Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum. 
  (2)     Intonat e celis vox campane Micaelis. 
  (3)     Sum Rosa pulsata mundi Maria vocata. 
  * All 3 bells appear to have been cast by the same (unknown) founder.
 
       
Inscription on beam under bell chamber. 
R S  1680  T B 
 
       



Other (non-Church) bells within the Peterborough Diocese.



         
Bell    Date     Founder    Decoration and Inscription    Other details 
                                                                                                                                                                                    



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West Haddon,   Lovett's Almhouses, Crick Road.
SP 62670 72157
       
1/1    1848    WT  {
{
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Inscription band: (blank)
Waist: (scroll patterns, configured decoratively)
Soundbow: W TAYLOR OXFORD FECIT 1848. 
(scroll pattern back to the start)

 
Clock bell

                 
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^^^  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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