The Guilsborough Branch Area.


January 5th. 1924 to January 5th. 2021

Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

Guilsborough Branch

 ~~~ Guild and branch both established January 5th. 1924 ~~~

PDG badge in GIF


Please note,

Ringing now takes place at a limited number of towers in our branch, although it is only for service ringing with a minimum number of bells and ringers. 

We really don’t know when bell ringing will resume, it’s a case of wait and see as to which tier each area is placed.

No practice evenings.

So far, we know of the following towers but there may be more.

  • 4 of 8 bells at Welford;
  • 3 of 6 at Cold Ashby; 
  • 3 of 5 at Lilbourne;
  • 1 of 6 at Yelvertoft;
  • 1 of 5 at Sibbertoft;

No practice evenings.

In our branch area, we have 

29 ringable towers including one limited ringing tower 

housing clockwise rings of :-

        • 5 x eight bells;
                  • 12 x six bells;
                          • 10 x five bells;
                                  • 1 x four bells;
                                          • 1 x three bells,

plus one un-ringable clockwise ring of five bells at Old

and one un-ringable anti-clockwise ring of four bells at Lamport.

This adds up to a total of 178 bells, of which,

169 bells are ringable.

including the following ….

Oldest Bell, 1317 @ Cold Ashby; 

Newest Bell, 2012 @ Marston Trussell; 

Lightest Bell, Treble 2-1-8 @ Cold Ashby; 

Heaviest Bell, Tenor  16-0-10 @ Brixworth;

“Royal-Headed” Bell @ Winwick; 

Complete rings of bells by one founder

4x Joseph Eayre of Neots @ Draughton, 1767;

6x Charles & George Mears @ Guilsborough, 1847;

6x Edward Arnold of St. Neots @ Kelmarsh, 1774;

5x Thomas II Eayre of Kettering @ Lilbourne, 1761/1762;

Our rural geographical area within North-west Northamptonshire spans from the Warwickshire county border in the west incorporating the parishes of Watford, Crick, Yelvertoft & Lilbourne. Following the River Avon county boundary with Leicestershire north-eastwards from Lilbourne to Welford, the boundary then changes to the River Welland at Sibbertoft continuing on to Marston Trussell. Walgrave is our most eastern tower, whilst Long Buckby & East Haddon towers are to the southern perimeter of our area.

This website is mainly set up to be a static site whereby readers can check out locations, general practice times, Sunday service times and other technical data etc.

Exterior and interior photographs have either been taken by the author or given to the author with permission.

© Dove’s Guide, empty data fields :

The branch steward is currently embarking upon an update programme by reviewing and adding data information from all of our 31 bell installations for inclusion and publication at ©Dove’s Guide online. For up to date progress on this topic, please go to the ” Characteristics ” page on our website.

In parallel to this local exercise, the Guild are also updating their bell inventory records.

©Website updated : Apr. 11th. 2021

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