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Towcester.

Towcester.     St. Lawrence's Church.  
Tow.        SP 69398 48698
 
Bells 1 to 4 cast new in 1989, bells 5 to 12 sourced from Christ Church at Todmorden, West Yorkshire.   
  1989  JTBF  {
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RING BOYES AND KEEP AWAKE FOR MR. WILLIAM HENCHMAN’S SAKE * /
Waist: CAST 1725 RECAST 1935 / 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 89
Opposite: THE GIFT OF / THE ST. LAWRENCE SOCIETY / OF RINGERS
Soundbow: WE RANGSIR AND KEPT AWAKE AND INTO TWELVE THE BELLS DID MAKE *
  1989  JTBF  {
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IN MEMORY OF VERA DOREEN ROBINSON (NEE ORLAND) 1923-1989 * / 
Waist: THE GIFT OF HER DEAR FRIEND / JOHN WATSON OF CANADA /
WITH HER DAUGHTERS LESLEY AND ELAINE / AND SISTERS KAY AND JOAN
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 89
  1989  JTBF  {
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GIVEN TO THE GLORY OF GOD
Waist: AND REMEMBERING THE OLDHAM FAMILY WHO SERVED THIS CHURCH
AND TOWN 1873-1964. 
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 89
  1989  JTBF  {
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O QUAM BEATUM. LAUDARE DOMINUM, 1626 Y * 
Waist: THE GIFT OF JAMES, VALERIE, JONATHAN & ROBERT CLATWORTHY.
Opposite: 19 (Taylor’s circular mark) 89
Sound bow: EIGHT BELLS WERE TRANSFERRED FROM TODMORDEN AND
AUGMENTED TO TWELVE IN 1989.

  1897  JT    "TO GOD THE FATHER,
  1897 JT    GOD THE SON, 
  1897  JT    GOD THE SPIRIT, 
  1897  JT    THREE IN ONE:
  1897  JT   BE HONOUR, POWER, 
10    1897  JT    AND GLORY GIVEN, 
11    1897  JT  {
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+ * * BY ALL IN EARTH * * / 
Waist: EDWARD J. RUSSELL, M.A. VICAR / ARTHUR S. ROBERTS, M.A. ASSISTANT
PRIEST / SAMUEL FIELDEN J.P. } / WILLIAM A. SUTCLIFFE } WARDENS /
CALEB HOYLE, FIRST MAYOR OF THE BOROUGH
Opposite: (Taylors’ circular mark) / * 1897 *
12    1897  JT  {
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+  * * AND ALL IN HEAVEN * * / 
Waist: THIS PEAL OF ELEVEN BELLS WAS PRESENTED / TO TODMORDEN
PARISH CHURCH BY MISS HANNAH / HOWORTH OF BROCKLYN HOUSE IN MEMORY /
OF HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS DECEASED / IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1897
BEING THE / SIXTIETH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF HER MAJESTY / QUEEN VICTORIA
Opposite: (Taylors’ circular mark) / * 1897 *
 
Chimes    
c1    c1891  WmBs    W. POTTS & SONS 
c2    1871  M&S    1871 
c3    1880  WmBs    W. BLEWS AND SONS FOUNDERS 1880 
c4    1893  M&S  1893 
c5  (2/6)  1626  JK    EC CE QVAM BONVM ET QVAM IVCVNDVM 1626. 
c6    1893  M&S  1893 
c6flat  (3/6)  1626  JK    SIMVL VENIRE FRATRES IN V NVM 1626 I K.  
c7  (4/6)  1626  JK    SICVT VN GVEN TVM IN CAPVT A ARON 1626 I K.  
c8  (5/6)  1626  JK    SICVT ROS HER MON IN MONTE SION.  
           
*Note: chime bells c4 and c6 bells were ex. Moreton Pinkney 1/5 and 2/5 respectively.
           
Previous bells from 1725 to 1989.             Augmented from 4 to 5 bells in 1626 and 5 to 6 bells in 1725
(1)  [*]  1935  M&S    ?
(2)    1626  JK    EC CE QVAM BONVM ET QVAM IVCVNDVM 1626.  
(3)    1626  JK    SIMVL VENIRE FRATRES IN V NVM 1626 I K. 
(4)    1626  JK    SICVT VN GVEN TVM IN CAPVT A ARON 1626 I K. 
(5)    1626 JK   SICVT ROS HER MON IN MONTE SION. 
(6)  [** 1823  W&JT  {
O QUAM BEATUM LAUDARE DOMINUM 1626   
THOM : PERKINS & SAM INNS C :  WARDENS 
W. & J. TAYLOR FOUNDERS OXFORD JUNE 13 : 1823.
           
  Earlier No.1/6 bell recast in 1935 by M&S 
  [*]  1725  R3C    RING BOYES AND KEEP AWAKE FOR MR WILLIAM HENCHMANS SAKE R C 1725.  
          Earlier No. 6/6 bell recast in 1823 by W&JT
  [6** 1626  JK    O QUAM BEATUM LAUDARE DOMINUM 1626    
           









^^^  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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