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Radstone, near Brackley.      St. Lawrence's Church.

SP 58791 40527

14th.c    FIT TVA LAVRENTI FORMA CAMPANA DECENTI 
14th.c    NOS PRECE OMNES SANC TORVM DEFENDAS XPE TVORVM 
       

Raunds,    St. Peter's Church.     Augmented to 8 bells in 1898.

Thr.          TL 00024 73092
                                                                                                                                                                   

  1898  JT     

  1898  JT    
(1)    1732  T1E    GRATA SIT ARGUTA  RESONANS CAMPANULA VOCE ANNO DOM. 1732. 
(2)   1723  HP    HENRY PENN MADE ME  1723. 
(3)   1732  T1E  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI.  RICHARD ROWLINGS AND JOHN WOODRUFF
CHURCHWARDENS  EAYRE KETTERING 1732.  
(4) [*]  1949  JT  {
{
GRATUM OPUS AGRICOLIS :  OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI   ANNO. DOMINI :. 1732 .:
Waist: THIS BELL WAS RECAST IN 1949 / BY / MARY ALLEN /
IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND / BENJAMIN ALLEN OF RAUNDS.
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 49 
(5) [** 1879  JWs     
(6) [***]  1898  JT     
             
         Previous No.4/6 bell recast in 1949 by JT.
    [4*] 1732  T1E    GRATUM OPUS AGRICOLIS. OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI ANNO DOMINI 1732. 
    Previous No.5/6 bell recast in 1879 by JWs.
 
[5** 1732  T1E  GEORGE TYMMS VICAR RICHARD RAWLINGS AND JOHN WOODRUFF
CHURCHWARDENS   ANNO DOMINI 1732. 
    Previous No.6/6 bell recast in 1898 by JT.
 
[6***]  1732  T1E  IN DEI GLORIAM IN ECCLESIAE COMMODUM JOHANNES LANGHAM BARR.
MARIA MILINTON & ANNA MILINTON BENEFACTORES ANNO DOM. 1732.
             
  In 1700, records indicate, 5 bells existed within the tower.
The 4th. bell was inscribed :-  Guliemus Catlin Armiger Multi vocati paucie  electi. Omnia Fiant ad Gloriam Dei.
   


Ravensthorpe,    St. Denys' Church.   Augmented to 5 bells in 1809.

Gsb.        SP 66994 70346
           
    1809  JB  JOHN BRIANT FECIT HERTFORD 1809. 
    1809  JB  JOHN BRIANT FECIT HERTFORD 1809 OSTIN JOHNSON C.W. 
    1809  JB  JOHN BRIANT FECIT HERTFORD 1809 
    1809  JB  JOHN BRIANT FECIT HERTFORD 1809
(*)    1887  JT   
           
    Previous No.(5*) bell recast in 1887 by JT

(5*)    1809  JB  J BRIANT FECIT HERTFORD 1809 J. HALL J ORLAND C.W. 
           
             Records state, in 1712, 3 bells existed at Ravensthorpe, recast in 1809 by JB 
 
[1]  1627  H2W  IH'S : Nazarenvs rex ivdeorvm Fili Dei miserere mei 1627.


[2]  ?
 
[3]  1712  Mr. Daniel Some and Mr. William Archer. Churchwardens 1712.                 
           

Ridlington, Rutland,    St. Mary Magdalene and St. Andrew's Church.    Augmented to 4 bells in 1911.

Rut.      SK 84765 02739
         
  1911  JT   
2   (*)  1903  JT   
(** 1903  JT   
(***)  1903  JT   
         
     Previous 3 bells recast in 1903 by JT 

{1*} c1510  Mg  S  S  S 

{2**} 1671  TmN  J. WOODES  16 71. 

{3***}  c1595  MASTER TOMAS HAXELRIG            
         

Ringstead,    Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

Thr.      SP 98596 75123
         
(*)  1914  G&J   
  1682  M1B/ 
H2B 
HENREY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1682. 
  1682  M1B/ 
H2B 
GOD SAVE THE KING  JOHN BARRET  1682. 
(** 1914  G&J   
  1682  M1B/ 
H2B 
THOMAS LILLEMAN AND THOMAS FAREY  CHVRCHWARDENS  1682.  
  1682  M1B/ 
H2B
I TO THE CHVRCH THE LIVEING CALL AND TO THE GRAVE DO SVMMONS ALL  1682. 
         
    Earlier bells, recast in 1914 by G&J

(1*)  1682  M1B/
H2B 
CANTATE DOMINO CANTICVM NOVVM  1682 
  (4**) 1682  M1B/
H2B 
MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1682. 
         

Roade,    St. Mary the Virgin Church.     Augmented to 5 bells in 1952 and again in 1979 to 6 bells.

Tow.          SP 75742 51867
                                                                                                                               
    1979  JTBF  LADY AMY CRIPPS, ROADE 1979
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / 1979
    1952  JT  {
JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1952 *
Waist: ROADE PARISH CHURCH RESTORED 1950 -
CYRIL THOMAS CRIPPS, ESQ., M.B.E. -
(1)  [*]  1721  TR    THOMAS RVSSELL OF WOOTTON MADE ME 1721. 
4 (2)    c1440  WC    Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum 
5 (3)    c1440  WC    Sancta Katerina Ora Pro Nobis 
6 (4)    c1440  WC    In Multis Annis Resonet Campana Iohannis
             
    c1699     
             
             Earlier No.[1*] bell, recast in 1721 by TR

  [1*]  c1440  WC    Nova Campana Margareta est honorata
             

Rockingham,  St. Leonard's Church.

SP 86670 91447

  1966  JT  {
YE PEOPLE ALL WHO HEAR US RING. BE FAITHFULL TO YOUR GOD & KING /
PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT 1776
Waist: (Taylor’s circular mark) / RECAST 1966 
     Earlier bell 

(1)  1776  P&C  YE PEOPLE ALL WHO HEAR US RING. BE FAITHFUL TO OUR GOD & KING.
PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT 1776.
           

Rothersthorpe,    St. Peter & St. Paul's Church.    Augmented to 5 bells in 1914.

Ntn.      SP 71416 56647
         
  1914  G&J   
2 (*)  }1914  G&J 
 
 
 
         
     Previous 4 bells recast in 1914 by G&J 

(1*)  1638  JK  GOD SAVE OVR KING 1638. 

(2)  1719  TR  RVSSELL OF WOOTTON MADE ME 1719. 

(3)  1630  JK  GOD SAVE OVR KING 1630. 

(4)  1638  JK  SOMROSA POLSATA MONDE MARIA VOCATA 1638. 
         


Rushden,     St. Mary's Church.     Augmented to 8 bells in 1953.

Well.        SP 95760 66533 
           
  1953  JT     
2   1953  JT     
(*) 1953  JT     
(2)  1794  RT    1794. 
(**) 1953  JT     
(4) 1794  RT    JOHN ACHURCH & THOS SMITH  C : WARDENS   R : TAYLOR ST NEOTS FECIT 1794. 
(5) 1794  RT    JOHN ACHURCH & THOS SMITH  C : WARDENS   R : TAYLOR ST NEOTS FECIT 1794. 
(6) 1818  RTs    J SMITH & EDWARD WOOD  C.W.  ROBT TAYLOR & SON FOUNDERS ST NEOTS 1818. 
           
  Previous bells 
  [1*]  1794  RT    1794. 
  [3**]  1794  RT    GOD SAVE THE KING 1794. 
           

Rushden,       St. Peter's Church, Midland Road.        Hung dead.

SP 95330 67031

1957  JT  {
THE GIFT OF THE YOUNG WIVES’ GROUP 1957 *
Waist: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST
Opposite: (Taylor’s rectangular mark)

                                                                                                                      

Rushton,     All Saints' Church.     Augmented to 6 bells in 1896.

Kett.      SP 84085 82868
         
1 (*)  1896  JT   
(2)  1731  T1E  GLORIA DEO SOLI OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI  A.D. 1732. 
3 (** 1896  JT   
4 (4)  c1595  Wg  ABCDEF  GHIKLM  NOPQRS  
5 (5)  1593  FW  CUME CUME AND PREA 1593. 
  1896  JT   
         
     Previous bells, recast in 1896 by JT

(1*)  1720  T1E  CAELORUM CHRISTI PLACEAT TIBI REX SONUS ISTE GLORIA DEO SOLI  1720.  

(3**)   1844  TM  THOMAS MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1844. 
         

Ryhall, Rutland.      St. John the Evangelist Church.      Augmented to 6 bells in 2003.

Rut.       TF 03617 10808 
                                                                                                                                                                   
  2003  JTBF  {
SANCTUS SANCTUS SANCTUS DOMINUS DEUS SABBOATH
Waist: 20 (Taylor’s mark) 03
Soundbow: PIAM IN MEMORIAM BARBARA KATHERINE ANDREWS O B. FEB M M.
2 (1)  1790  EA    EDWARD ARNOLD LEICESTER FECIT 1790. 
3 (2)  1627  TmN    OMNIA FIANT AD GLORIAM DEI 1627. 
4 (3)  1626  TmN  NON  CLAMOR  SED  AMOR  CANTAT  IN  AVRE  DEI  THOMAS NORRIS CAST ME 1626.
C B : J W : C H : W A : 
(*)  1867  M&S    MEARS AND STAINBANK FOUNDERS LONDON. 
6 (5)  1633  TmN    THOMAS NORRIS MADE ME 1633. 
           
     Previous No.4 bell recast in 1867 by M&S

(4*)  1720  T1E    I.H.S. Nazarene rex Judaeorum fili Dei miserere mei. Omnia fiant ad gloriam Dei 1720. 
           









^^^  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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