Draughton.

Address :
St. Catherine’s Church
Main Street, Draughton.
Northamptonshire
NN6 9JQ
England

Part of  The Faxton Benefice.
Dove’s Guide


4 Bells.

  • Treble. 1767. Joseph Eayre. ‘E’   
    • (est.wt. 4 cwt. dia. 26 inches), swing E-W
  • 2nd.       1767. Joseph Eayre. ‘D#’ 
    • (est.wt. 4¾ cwt. dia. 28 inches), swing N-S
  • 3rd.        1767. Joseph Eayre. ‘C#’ 
    • (est.wt. 5 cwt. dia. 29 inches), swing N-S
  • Tenor.   1767. Joseph Eayre. ‘B’   
    • (Wt. 6 cwt. dia. 31 inches), swing N-S

Clock.

  • To disengage clock hammer before ringing, please pull and lock down control cable located on the south wall of the tower, adjacent to treble bell.

Ground floor rope layout plan.

…….west wall & window of tower…….

2nd.            

 

                                                             3rd.

Treble                                                        

⇐ clock hammer control cable                           

Tenor

                                                      ladder to bell chamber ⇑

…..↓Glazed panelling and door to nave↓…..

 ⇐ EXIT ⇐ via south door ⇐                                                         


Observations.

  • No rope guides.
  • Good rope circle.
  • Tonal quality is subjectively O.K.
  • Electricity supply in building but no fixed lighting in ringing chamber.
  • Clock.

Technical attributes.

  • Wooden headstocks.
  • Wooden frame.
  • Conventional stays.
  • Plain bearings.
  • Baldrick type clapper hangers.
  • Frederick White crown staple assemblies and hoop-linked gudgeon pins.
  • 1844, unspecified work.
  • 1896, unspecified work.
  • 2000, minor overhaul.
  • 2018, minor overhaul.

Limited Sunday Services, occasionally with bell ringing.

No bell-ringing practice.  

No toilet facilities.


Accessibility to Church. 

Three steps up from Main Street via west gate entrance to Churchyard, then short low gradient path up to south porch. Alternatively, a more leveller but slightly longer approach path via eastern Churchyard gate to south porch.

“On-road” car parking outside Church & surrounding roads.
Please be aware of entrance drives & pathways leading to houses close to Church.


Inscriptions.

  1. RICHARD BOSWARTH CHURCHWARDEN JOSEPH EAYRE ST. NEOTS FECIT 1767.
  2. JOSEPH EAYRE ST. NEOTS FECIT 1767.
  3. JOSEPH EAYRE ST. NEOTS FECIT 1767.
  4. THE GIFT OF JAMES SCAWEN ESQ. 1767.

The Earlier Bells.

  • According to records, in 1700, one bell existed at Draughton.

Quarter Peal.

  • On Sunday September 30th. 2018, for the Draughton Harvest Festival Service and also the 250th. (+1) casting anniversary of the four Joseph Eayre bells, 1767. 

 

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