East Farndon.

 

Address :
St.John the Baptist Church,
Main Street/Clipston Road, East Farndon.
(Northamptonshire). LE16 9SU

Northamptonshire county border village.

This is a linear village with a long down-hill Main street from the Church end. Incidentally, there is a “West Farndon” which is a hamlet, close to Woodford Halse, many miles away to the south of the County.

Benefice:- Part of The Faxton Group of Churches.

Weblinks.
East Farndon Church
Dove’s Guide

6 Bells.

  • Treble. 1991. John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd. (3-0-0).
  • 2nd.      1991. John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd. (3-0-16).
  • 3rd.       1991. John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd. (3-2-16).
  • 4th.       1991. John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd. (4-0-16).
  • 5th.       1991. John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd. (5-2-12).
  • Tenor.  1587. Newcombe & Watts. ( Wt. 7-0-6).

Clock.

  • Clock hammer strikes 4th. bell.
  • To dis-engage hammer prior to ringing, please read instructions on left hand wall of ringing chamber.

Ground Floor rope layout plan.

………….west wall of tower………….

Treble………2nd.

Tenor…………………3rd.

5th.………….4th.

……↓…nave screen & door…↓……
……..level access from nave………

                       >>> EXIT >>> north door


Accessibility to Church.

  • Sloping path from side road upto north door, followed by two steps down into Church.
  • Off road car parking on small field, adjacent to Church.

Observations.

  • Long rope draught with guides.
  • 5th. rope drops to the left of the ringing area door & the 4th. to the right.

Technical attributes.

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

The Earlier Bells.

In 1878, 4 bells are recorded:-

  • Treble. 1675. Tobias III Norris of Stamford.
  • 2nd.       1718? *Thomas Clay of Leicester.
  • 3rd.       1820.  *Mears? for Mr. Cort of Leicester.
  • Tenor.  1587. **Newcombe & Watts.

* According to Church records.
** Newcombe may refer to Robert Newcombe.
** Watts may refer to Francis &/or Hugh I Watts.
(Further research is required).

  • A later treble, cast in 1897 by Bowell & Son of Ipswich was placed in front of the 1675 treble bell giving a ring of 5 bells. 
  • The front 4 bells were subsequently re-cast, together with an addition of a new casting in 1991 making the present ring of 6 bells.
  • Tenor of 1587 remains in situ.

Inscriptions, pre 1878. 

  1. E. CRADOCK G PERSON TOBIAS NORRIS CAST ME 1675.
  2. EDMUND WRIGHT & THOMAS GREENOCKE CHURCH-WARDENS T.E. FECIT 1710.
  3. .
  4. GOD BLESS OUR QUEENE ELIZABETH 1587.

Clearly, regarding the 2nd. bell inscription date and founder’s initials, there is a contradiction between Church records and Thomas North’s publication. 

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