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The Church Bell Inventory of Northamptonshire and Rutland.
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Other bell founders.


Location    Status    Position    Date    Other details   
                                                                                                                                                                 
Richard Benetlye of Leicester, 1585
Passenham     present    4/5    1585       
                   
Seaton     present    4/6 (3/5)    c1585       
                   
 .......................................................................................................................................................
William Blews and Sons of Birmingham, 1862 to 1891
Towcester
present    c1    c1891    chimes   
present    c3    1880    chimes   
                   
 ......................................................................................................................................................
Thomas Bond of Burford, 1905 to 1938
Aston Le Walls    present    1/3, 3/3    1938    hung dead   
Wappenham    present    2/6 (1/5)    1911       
                   
 ............................................................................................................................................................
Thomas Bullisdon of London, 1495 to 1515
Castle Ashby     present    3/5    c1510       
                   
Paulerspury     present    2/6 (1/5)    c1510       
                   
 ..........................................................................................................................................................
Bury St.Edmunds Foundry
Bozeat
  previous    [ 2/5 ]    c15th.
century 
  recast in 1884 by JT
 
                   
Newton Bromswold
  present    3/4 (2/3)    c1500       
                   
....................................................................................................................................................... 
Charles Carr of Smethwick, Staffordshire, 1864 to 1926
Kettering, All Saints        present    1/1    c1890    hung dead   
                   
Dodford      present    6/6    1907       
                   
......................................................................................................................................................... 
Thomas Clay of Leicester, 1711 to 1715
East Farndon
  previous    [ 3/5 ] [ 2/4 ]    1718    recast in 1991 by JTBF
 
                   
Great Harrowden    present    1/3    1715    unringable   
                   
 ...........................................................................................................................................................
William Dawe of London, 1381 to 1418
Easton Maudit      previous    [ 4/5 ]    c1410    recast in 1893 by JT
 
                   
Hardwick       present    2/2    15th. c       
                   
..................................................................................................................................................... 
Christopher Graye, 1653 to 1683
Lamport    previous    [ 1/4 ]    1663    recast in 1872 by JT
 
                   
Cranford St.John     previous    [ 3/4 ]    1663    recast in 1907 by JT 
 
                   
..................................................................................................................................................... 
William Haulsey of St Ives, Cambridge, 1615 to 1629
Cranford  St.Andrew 
present    2/4    1624  unringable,  
Church Cons. Trust 
 
present    4/4    1624   

                                                                                                                        
 
Location    Status    Position    Date    Other details   
 ................................................................................................................................................................
George Hedderly of Nottingham, 1785 to 1793
Braybrooke   previous    [ 1/4 ]    1785    unknown   
                   
Thistleton    present    1/1    1793       
                   
 .................................................................................................................................................................
Thomas I Hedderly of Nottingham, 1741 to 1778
Ashwell    present    2/6    1760    unringable   
                   
Langham    present    5/6    1771       
                   
Normanton    present    1/1    1749    church deconsecrated    
                   
 ..................................................................................................................................................................
Edward Hemins of Bicester, 1728 to 1743
Culworth 

present
2/5
1741


                   
King's Sutton    present      1738       
                   
Thenford 
present    1/4    1731       
present    2/4    1731       
present    3/4    1731       
                   
Warkworth    present    1/2    1740       
                   
............................................................................................................................................................ 
Richard Hille of Aldgate, London, 1423 to 1440
Tixover    present    1/1    c1499       
                   
Ufford 
present    3/4 (2/3)    c1430  Ch. Cons. Trust 
 
present    4/4 (3/3)    c1430   
                   
 ............................................................................................................................................................
John Hodson of London, 1653 to 1693
Badby    previous    [ 5/5 ]    1653    recast in 1822 by RTss   
                   
Easton Maudit 
present    1/5    1663       
present    2/5    1663       
present    5/5    1663       
                   
........................................................................................................................................................... 
Ellis I Knight of Reading, 1623 to 1658
Marston
St. Lawrence

present    1/5    1627       
present    4/5    1627       
                   
Location    Status    Position    Date    Other details   
................................................................................................................................................................
London - " Balcombe Shield " - 1400 to 1599
                   
Tansor    present    3/3    c1499    unringable,         anti-clockwise   
                   
Twywell    present    6/6 (5/5) (3/3)    c1499       
                   
.............................................................................................................................................................. 
William Noone of Nottingham, 1678 to 1731
Ashwell
present    3/6    1708  unringable 
 
present   4/6    1708   
present   6/6    1708   
                   
Braunston, Rutland    present    4/6 (2/4)    1710       
                   
.............................................................................................................................................................. 
Henry II Oldfield of Nottingham, 1582 to 1620
Cottesmore    present    3/6 (2/5)    1598       
                   
Ketton    present    2/6    1609    chimed   
                   
Whissendine 
present    4/6 (3/5) (2/4)    1609       
present    6/6 (5/5) (4/4)    1609       
                   
................................................................................................................................................................... 
Richard Sanders of Bromsgrove, 1703 to 1738
Kettering 
previous    [ 5/12, 3/10, 1/8 ] 
1714  rescued by Keltek in 2004 
 
previous    [ 6/12, 4/10, 2/8 ] 
1714  
                   
Kettering    previous    [ 3/8 ]    1714    recast in 1860 by JT
and recast again in 1890 by JT.
rescued by Keltek in 2004
 
                   
Kettering 
previous    [ 4/8 ]    1714    recast in 1925  by JT.
rescued by Keltek in 2004

 
previous    [ 5/8 ]    1714    exchanged by T2E
for a 1630 bell by H2W 
 
previous    [ 6/8 ]    1714    recast in 1732 by T1E,
recast again in 1980 by JT 
 
  [ 7/8 ]    1714    recast in 1722 by T1E,
now the Sanctus bell 
 
previous    [ 8/8 ]    1714    recast in 1832 by W&JT   
                   
    Bell No's. 5/8, 6/8 and 8/8 were recast in 2004 by WBF  
       
.......................................................................................................................................................... 
John Sturdy of London, 1440 to 1458
Grendon     present    4/6 (3/5)    c1450       
                   
Thrapston
  previous    [ 4/5 ]    c1499    recast in 1897 by JT
 

     
 ........................................................................................................................................................
 Johannes de Yorke, (John of York) Leicester: 1370 to 1425 
Clopton    previous    [ 3/4 ]    c1425       
Great Billing    present    3/3    c1425       
                   
Location    Status    Position    Date    Other details   











^^^  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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