Welcome to  
The Church Bell Inventory of Northamptonshire and Rutland.
a PDGCBR past and present presentation.





 


Founders known to have cast at least one bell for Churches 

within the Peterborough Diocese.


                                                                                                                                                                                                
Founder (b to w)        Location                 Status        Position      Date       Other details      
                       
John Barber of Salisbury,
1399 to 1403
  Preston, Rutland    present     c1400       
                       
Thomas Bett of Leicester,
1521 to 1538
  Barton Seagrave    present    7/8 (4/5) (3/4)    c1530    anti-clockwise   
                       
Brassfounders    Pipewell    present    1/1    c1881    chimed   
                       
Joseph Carter of
Reading and Whitechapel,
1578 to 1609
  Aynho    present    7/8 (5/6)    1603       
                       
Robert Catlin
of Holborn, London,
1738 to 1751
  Ecton    present    1/6    1749       
                       
Covington 
of Stony Stratford, 1777
  Cosgrove    present    S   1772       
                       
Michael Darbie,
South East England, 
1650 - 1682
  King's Sutton    present    3/8 (1/6)    1655       
                       
Islip Edmunds,
Bedfordshire, 1764 to 1767 
  Wellingborough    present    6/8 (4/6)    1764       
                       
Bryan II Eldridge of
Chertsey and Coventry,
1636 to 1661
  Crick    previous    [ 2/4 ]    1656    recast in 1720
by TR 
 
                       
William Emerton of 
Wootton, 1768 to 1789
  Potterspury    present    2/6 (1/5)    1774       
                       
William de Flint    Cold Ashby    present    4/6 (2/4) (1/3)    1317       
                       
Edward Hall of
Drayton Parslow, Bucks. 
1726 to 1754
  Sulgrave    previous    [ 4/5 ]    1744    recast in 1928
by G&J 
 
                       
Thomas Harrys
of London,
1478 to 1480
  Blatherwycke    previous    [ 1/1 ]    c1480  recast in 1917
by JT 
Ch. Cons. Trust 
 
                       
Symon de Hazfelde,
1353 to 1373 
  Stanwick    present    S (1/3)    c1360       
                       
Jo[h]anna Hille of
Aldgate, London, 15th.c
  Horton            c1445       
                       
Richard Holdfield of 
Cambridge, 1595 to 1612
  Seaton    present    5/6 (4/5)    1597       
                       
John Kebyll of London,
1460 to 1480
  Glapthorn    present    3/3    c1480       
                       
Roger Landen of 
Wokingham, 1448 to 1484
  Hinton
in the Hedges 
  present    1/2    c1448       
                       
London Foundry    Wilby    previous    [ 3/3 ]    c1499   } recast in 1878
by JT. 
anti-clockwise
 
                       
Robert Mot of
Houndsditch, Whitechapel,
1570 to 1606
  Denford    present    2/6    1581    unringable   
                       
Naylor Vickers & Co. of
Sheffield, 1855 to 1874
  Yardley Gobion    present    1/1    c1894    steel bell,
chimed  
 
                       
R. Purdue of Bristol,
1605 to 1641
  Upper Boddington    previous    [ 1/5 ]    1624    recast in 1902
by JB&C 

 
                       
Seliok (generic) of 
Nottingham, 1499 to 1599
  Holcot    previous    [ 2/4 ]    15/16th.c    recast in 1899
by JT 
 
                       
John Seliok of
Nottingham, 1470 of 1507
  Barnack    present    6/6 (5/5)    c1500       
                       
Richard II Seliok of
Nottingham, 1523 to 1548
  Yarwell    present    1/4 (1/3)    c1540       
                       
John Sleyt, 1380 - 1400    Glapthorn    present    2/3    c1399       
                       
Stamford Foundry    Peterborough,
R.C. Church 
  present    1/1    17th.c       
                       
Richard ? Wood    Lowick    present    5/6 (4/5)    c1599       
                       
John Woolley of
Nottingham, 1520 to 1548 
  Teigh      3/3    c1530    hung dead   
                       
Worcester Foundry
1349 to 1649
  Hinton
in the Hedges 
  present    2/2    c1540       
                       
Founder    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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