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The past and present bells of the Watts family within the Peterborough Diocese.


Newcombe & Watts.
                                
                  
              
           
                                      
                  
                            
Location
  Present
Bell
Other
details
Date
    Location
Previous
bell
Date     Other
details
                       
Arthingworth
  5/6
or RN ?
c1598
    Arthingworth
5/5
1589    rc 1878
                       
Church Stowe
  2/4
  1590
             
Cosgrove
  4/6
  c1580
             
                       
East Farndon
  6/6
  1587
             
                       
Glaston
  6/6
  1598
             
Great Oakley
  2/3
RH
c1595
             
                       
Hargrave
  1/4
  1603
             
                       

 
 
    Isham
3/4
c1600    rc 1906
                       

 
   
    Lyndon
1/4
1597    rc 1889
                       
 
 
 
    Mears Ashby
4/5
  rc 1913
                       
Overstone
  1/3
  1609
             
                       
Preston, Rutland
  6/6
  c1598
             
                       
Wakerley
1/3
ChCT
1598
             
3/3
ChCT
1599
             
 
            Weston by Welland
4/5
1598    rc 1886
                       


Watts, (generic).
                                
                  
              
           
                                    
                  
            
 
              
Location
  Present
bell
Other
details
Date
    Location
Previous
bell
Date 
  Other
details 
                       

 
        Aston le Walls  1/3  1592    rc 1938 
                       
 
  -
   
    Higham Ferrers
4/6
late
16th.c 
  rc 1892 
                       
Irchester
6/8
  c1600
             
7/8
  c1600
             
                       
Lowick
2/6
  c1595
             
3/6
  c1595
             
                       
Nether Heyford
4/6
  1601
             
6/6
  1601
             
                       
Paston
  3/3
  1601
             
                       
 
   
 
      Ridlington
3/3
c1595 
  rc 1903 
Rushton
  4/6
  c1595
             
                       
              Welford  2/5  1595    rc 1859 
                       



Francis Watts - c1564 to 1600
                                
                
              
            


                                
                 
            
                
Location
Present
bell

Other
details

Date   
    Location
Previous
bell

Date 
  Other
details
 
                       
                                 
       
Barrowden
4/6
  1595
    Barrowden
2/5
1595 
  rc 1915 
                     
Bugbrooke
3/5
  1599
             
                     


 
    Dallington
2/4
1598
  rc 1880 
                     
Morcott
2/4
  c1599
             
                     
Polebrook
3/5
  c1599
             
                     
Rushton
5/6
  1593
             
                     


Records indicating relationships between the various Watts family members are somewhat conflicting to properly form exact conclusions. Hugh I Watts or Hugh II Watts was the son of Francis Watts but which Hugh is speculative. William Watts is recorded as a younger brother of Francis Watts. 

Hugh I Watts - 1593 to 1614 
                                 
                  
                 
                                             
                 
            
                
Location
  Present 
bell
Other
details
Date
    Location 
Previous
bell
Date 
  Other
details 
                       
Ashley
  3/5
  c1595
             
                       
Braunston, Rutland  
  5/6
  1601
             
                       
Braybrooke
  1/1
  1610
             
                       
Castle Ashby
  2/5
  1610
             
                       
Ecton
  4/6
  1612
    Ecton  3/6 (2/5)  1612    rc 1965 
                       
Geddington
  3/6
?
c1599
             
                       
Grendon
2/6
  1613
    Grendon
2/5
1613 
  rc 1999 
5/6
  1613
             
C
  1613
             
                       
Higham Ferrers
  7/10 
(5/8) [3/6]  1611
             
                       
Ketton
4/6
  1598
             
5/6
  1601
             
                       
Little Addington
  1/3
  1610
             
                       
Marston Trussell
  4/6
  1612
             
                       
South Luffenham
  1/4
  1593
             
                       
Stanwick
  6/6
  1613
             
                       
Whiston
  2/5
  1611
             
                       
Woodford Halse
3/6 to 6/6 
4 bells  1613
             
                       









^^^  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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