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.
- 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 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………….
……↓…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.
- Long rope draught with guides.
- 5th. rope drops to the left of the ringing area door & the 4th. to the right.
- 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.
- E. CRADOCK G PERSON TOBIAS NORRIS CAST ME 1675.
- EDMUND WRIGHT & THOMAS GREENOCKE CHURCH-WARDENS T.E. FECIT 1710.
- 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.