Address :
All Saints’ Church,
Station Road, Lilbourne.
CV23 0SX

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All Saints’ Church, Lilbourne, painted by Paul Braddon, c1853? from an old lithograph. (Reproduced, courtesy of Lilbourne P.C.C.)

  • Ringing practice :  1st. Thursday : 7:30pm. to 9:00 pm. 
  • Subject to available ringers, we aim to ring for:-
  • 2nd. Sunday from 10.45am. to 11.15am. alternatively, chiming of Treble bell.
  • 4th. Sunday from 5.30pm. to 6.00pm.
  • 5th. Sunday is a united benefice service in rotation with Yelvertoft & Crick, with ringing from 10.45am. to 11.15am.
  • 1st. & 3rd. Sunday, ringing not required for 8.30am. services.
Usual Sunday Service Times :-
  • 1st. 8.30am. Holy Communion.
  • 2nd. 11.15am. Family Service.
  • 3rd. Holy Communion.
  • 4th. Evensong.
  • 5th. Rotating in Benefice.


Tower Captain and Bell-Ringing Tuition : Ian. Tel. 01788 860742.

Steeple Keeper : Rob Palmer. Tel. 07926 15 18 11.

5 Bells.

  • All bells cast by Thomas II Eayre of Kettering.
  • Treble.1762.  (5½ cwt.)
  • 2nd.       1762.  (6¼ cwt.)
  • 3rd.        1762.  (6½ cwt.)
  • 4th.        1762.      (8 cwt.)
  • Tenor. 1761.    (10cwt).
  • Rope Guides.
  • No Clock.

Ground floor rope layout plan.

… west window & wall of tower …


          rope spider        4



open access from nave

<<< EXIT <<< south door


Accessibility to Church.

  • Level gravel stone pathways from roadside leading to :-
    1) Two steps down into Church via main south door.
    2) Level entry via north door.


  • These 5 bells, now ring a lot more easier, as you would expect, in the aftermath of the restoration project.
  • Straightforward to ring although the power needs to be kept on the No. 2 bell.
  • Good rope circle.
  • Good tonal qualities.
  • Well illuminated ringing chamber.

Technical attributes.

  • Wooden frame.
  • Metal headstocks.
  • Conventional stays.

Inscriptions, post 1762.

  • Treble. 1762. 5½ cwt.  Note : D
    • Sparkling I spread rapid tinklings through the ears.
  • 2nd.      1762. 6¼ cwt.  Note : C
    • Untouch’d am silent strike me and I will sing sweetly.
  • 3rd.       1762. 6½ cwt.  Note : B
    • John Robinson Vicar Jos, George & Geo. Soden Church-Wardens.
  • 4th.       1762     8 cwt.  Note : A
    • Wee are ordain’d for the praise of the Lord — Eayre Kettering Fecit.
  • Tenor.  1761.  10 cwt.  Note : G
    • Cum Sono Si Non Vis Venire Nunquam Ad Preces Cupies Ire. Eayre Kettering.
    • (If you be unwilling to come when I call To prayers you’ll not wish to go at all).

On-street car parking outside Church.

  • Please be aware of entrance drives & pathways leading to houses close to Church.

Church & Churchyard Security.<

  • 24/7 HD CCTV site surveillance monitored with image recording facilities in operation.


5 Bells,  restored but not re-tuned in 2012, with new head stocks,clappers, self aligning bearings, wheels,running gear and ropes.

  • Existing oak frame strengthened.
  • Restoration carried out by A. Nicholson of Bridport, Devon.
  • Rope guide framework raised to higher level during 2013.
  • Blue / white sally colours, were specifically chosen to replicate similar colours incorporated on the coat of arms for the De Camville family who held Lilbourne castle during the c12th. / c13th. centuries. The castle, which was only ever  constructed of wood & not stone, strategically overlooked the important “Oxford way” river Avon crossing, mentioned earlier.
    Ref. J. A.


The Earlier Bells.

  • The Church had four bells in the 1600′s but by the mid 1700′s they were cracked.
  • Thomas II Eayre of Kettering was commissioned to melt down these four bells & re-cast them, making a ring of FIVE.
  • They were the last set he made & one of only **two complete “rings” he produced that are still in existence. **The other ring of five bells are at Gretton.
  • The new bells were put into position in 1762, possibly to celebrate the Reverend John Robinson’s 40th anniversary as vicar of Lilbourne.

(Script taken from an original article produced by the Alexander family of Lilbourne 2012)

The early bell inscriptions :
1) Celorvm Chrste platiat tibi REX 1626.(Hugh II Watts).
(O Christ the King of Heaven…..?)

2) Sancta Katarina Ora pro nobis.(pre 1500 ?).
(Holy Katharine pray for us)

3) Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum.(pre 1500 ?).
(Blessed be the Name of the Lord)

4) Bryanus Eldridge me fecit 1658.
(Bryan Eldridge made me)
(cast by Bryan II Eldridge[Coventry, 1656 to 1658], Chertsey, working 1636 to 1661).

These 2 Latin inscriptions on bells 2 & 3 appear on many bells attributed to founders of the mediaeval period, interestingly, there are other locations where 2 bells bear similarly linked inscription characteristics as above.
In particular, the inscription on the 2nd. bell “Sancta …….. Ora pro nobis” was introduced c1350, proved quite popular, with the name of the saint inserted to suit the dedication. In fact our early “Sancta Katarina” bell was the third most popular overall saintly inscription.
According to our own records,the lower beams in the belfry are from the 15th. century & may well be linked to the theories of the origins of the 2 bells under consideration.

Analysing  research information written  by the historian,  E.W.Timmins, regarding facts about our village settlement & its proximity to an important trading route, as well as associations to the Norman castle, it is extremely suggestive that, the minster Church with a 12th. century tower would have had bells incorporated at an earlier period than most other Churches with later built towers.
Further research is required.

Ref. The Church Bells of Northamptonshire by Thomas North.


  • Northamptonshire county border village with two County boundaries. To the north, the course of the River Avon forms the boundary with Leicestershire & to the west, A5 Trunk road (Watling Street) , boundary with Warwickshire.
    All three Counties meet at
     “Dow Bridge” on the A5/River Avon crossing.
  • Wind farm territory.
    As well as Yelvertoft’s 8 & Swinford’s 11, active turbines, a further 5 wind turbines at Lilbourne with a total height of 130 metres to blade tips,  dominate the eastern  skies  of the village. Each of the 5 turbines will generate upto 2 MW of electrical power. Via a step-up transformer, the voltage is increased to 33kV & fed to a sub-station near Crick. 5 more turbines have been erected near Watford during the latter quarter 0f 2015. Further turbines at Winwick.
  • Shakespeare’s Avon Way, a long distance footpath, passes through the Churchyard on it’s 88 mile long journey from the source of the River Avon at Naseby, to the River Severn.
  • In mediaeval times, Lilbourne was granted “Market status rights” which effectively made it a town & not a village.The location of the former market site was to the south of the church within the cleft a classic inverted “Y” shaped road junction of the “Oxford Way” & the “Portway” from Yelvertoft.
  • Lilbourne & Great Oxendon are the only two towers in the  Guilsborough Branch that do not contain clocks.
  • The Wildlife Trusts,
    Northamptonshire Churchyard Conservation Award Scheme.
    “Silver Award”.
  • United Benefice of Crick, Yelvertoft & Lilbourne.

The flooded river Avon at the county border bridge. The view shows a river level gauge height of 1.2 metres


Please note: Catthorpe Road / Station Road, north of the Church, are liable to flooding on both sides of the river crossing after heavy rainfall. The flood waters can be deceptively deeper than expected.


Please click on Environment Agency link below :-
Lilbourne : River Avon Level Gauge.
A river gauge level in excess of 1.0 metre will imply that the roads will be liable to commence flooding.

Highest recorded level = 1.89 metres : Wednesday, March 9th. 2016.

(to be added) Home page photograph shows the bell-ringers who  rang a valid peal on Saturday December 7th 1912.
Further research has allowed us to identify each individual with reasonable accuracy. See “Who are the 6 ringers ?” section.

 Website Links.


Village & nearby Amenities include :-

  • A recently opened Public house, Station Rd, Lilbourne.
  • Garage repair services, tyre fitting, Rugby Rd. Lilbourne.
  • Non-conformist Church.
  • Village Hall.
  • Farm shop, Main Street, Catthorpe.
  • Nearest electric car charging points at Crick –  Holiday Inn, NN6 7XR and Ibis, NN6 7EX



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