St. Nicholas’ Church,
Kilworth Road, Stanford on Avon
Northants. NN6 6JP
Northamptonshire county border village. Boundary, river Avon with Leicestershire.
The old “Stanford Hall” or manor house once stood on the Northamptonshire side of the river Avon , opposite & to the south-west of the Church, whilst the new Stanford Hall was built on the Leicestershire side, much further back from the road & river.
Stanford on Avon forms part of the Avon Swift Group of Churches.
Swinford Road, Stanford, can be subject to flooding after periods of very heavy rainfall. Also, flooding at (Stanford Rd.) Clay Coton village, may necessitate travel diversions via Elkington or South Kilworth Road.
Environment Agency, River Avon flood level information.
Tower Contact for Stanford on Avon :-
Andy & Daphne, Tel. 07778 – 339863.
Anticlockwise ring of 5 Bells.
- Treble. 1928. Gillett & Johnston. (5-1-22). [swing EW]
- 2nd. 1928. Gillett & Johnston. (7-0-0). [ ” EW]
- 3rd. 1928. Gillett & Johnston. (7-1-12). [ ” EW]
- 4th. 1640. Hugh II Watts. (9-0-15). [ ” EW]
- Tenor. 1631. Hugh II Watts. (Wt. 11-3-12). [ ” NS]
- No Clock.
- Rope Guides.
Ground Floor anti-clockwise rope layout plan
…West wall & window of tower…
3rd ← 2nd
Tenor → .
…↓…Unglazed nave screen & door…↓…
Level access from nave
⇐ south door ⇐ ⇐ ⇐ EXIT
Accessibility to Church.
- Fairly level gravel path from Kilworth road gate to south porch.
- Good anti-clockwise rope circle.
- Good tonal qualities from possibly the best bell founders of two time eras.
- The No’s. 2 & 3 bell ropes are quite close set to the west wall of tower.
- Currently, only occasional practice evenings during the summer months.
- Wooden frame.
- Metal headstocks.
- Ball bearing gudgeon pins.
- Conventional stays.
- Essential maintenance tasks carried out mid 2017.
- Inspected 2017, 2018.
Bellringing : Usually 1st. Sunday of each month, 9:00am. to 9:30am.
Limited “on-road” car parking (Church-side grass verge, on South Kilworth Rd.)
- Please be aware of entrance drives & pathways leading to houses close to Church.
- On Stanford Hall weekend event days, surrounding roads can become congested at times.
Earlier Bell History, with inscriptions.
Records of 1700 & 1878 show 5 bells, 3 of which, listed below, being replaced in 1928.
- The earlier Treble, 1631. Hugh II Watts.
- Sr Thomas Cave This Bell Hee Gave 1631.
- 2nd. 1624. Hugh II Watts.
- IH’S : Nazarenvs Rex Ivdeorvm Fili Dei Miserere Mei 1624.
- Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me.
- 3rd. 1605. Newcombe family.
- Be Yt Knowne To All That Doth Me See That Newcombe Of Leicester Made Mee 1605.
Other inscriptions on bells 4 & 5 with translations.
- PVLSOR & PVLSO JVBILO ET PLANGO SIC VITA HOMINIS 1640.
- (4. “I am struck and I strike, I rejoice and I mourn, such is the life of man. 1640″)
- (Interpretation, courtesy of Classics dept. at MCS Oxford)
- CVM SONO CI NON VIS VENIRE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CVPIES IRE 1631.
- (5. “If you be unwilling to come when I call to prayers you’ll not wish to go at all. 1631”)
Village amenities include :-
Stately home & parkland.