West Haddon.

Address :
All Saints’ Church,
High Street, West Haddon.
Northants. NN6 7AL

  • A by-pass (A428) now routes around the eastern side of the village.
  • The Church is in the centre of West Haddon & up until c1648 the tower had a spire.
  • One of the western tributary sources of the river Nene rises in the Parish.
  • Benefice:- Long Buckby & Watford, West Haddon & Winwick.

Dove’s Guide


5 Bells.

  • Treble.1913. Alfred Bowell. (5½ cwt.)
  • 2nd.      1611. “Newcombe”.   (6½ cwt.)
  • 3rd.       1682. Henry II Bagley.  (8 cwt.)
  • 4th.      *(No date). Edward Arnold of Leicester. (9½ cwt.)
  • Tenor. 1729. Thomas Eayre of Kettering.          (12½ cwt.)

*The bell is inscribed with the name of the vicar of West Haddon. Local records indicate that James Charters (or Chartres) was at West Haddon from 1784 to 1823.
Edward Arnold was at Leicester from 1784 to 1799 so we can almost assume that the bell was cast during this period at Leicester.


Clock.

  • Please dis-engage all clock and chime hammers located in ringing chamber before ringing commences. 

Upper floor ringing area accessible via a short but steep, half tread stairway. 


Upper floor rope layout plan.

………..west wall of tower………..

← Clock & chime hammers, disengage cable position              
                                                        stairway EXIT ⇓


                                      5
3                                   

2                         1

                                    belfry ladder ⇑
………↓gallery rail & nave↓………


<<< south door  <<< EXIT <<<                              


Observations.

  • Ceiling rope holes require modifying as damage is occurring to ropes etc. 
  • Ropes 2 & 3 drop close to south wall.
  • No.2 bell, deep set.
  • Tenor rope falls close to stairway newel post. “mind your left elbow !”
  • Good tonal qualities.
  • Dim lighting.

Technical attributes.

  • Alfred Bowell steel frame.
  • Alfred Bowell steel “H” section headstocks.
  • Curved stays.
  • Unique Alfred Bowell crown staples.
  • Plain bearings.

Accessibility to Church.

  • Church : A series of 4 short flights of several steps & landings from the road, lead up to the south door of the Church and into the Nave.
  • Ringing chamber : Access via a short but steep, half tread stairway from tower base. 

Toilet Facilities.

On-street car parking.


Miscellany.

Ellacombe chime apparatus present within ringing chamber, but not in use.


The Earlier Bells.

It is recorded, there were 5 bells in 1878.

  • The previous treble was cast in 1636 by Hugh II Watts.
  • The 4th. cast in 1611 by Newcombe of Leicester.
  • The 5th.(Tenor), an “Alphabet” bell by the Newcombe or Watts family, possibly cast maybe in the similar era as the 4th. bell.

(Further research is required.)

Inscriptions, 1878.

  • 1) JOHN GVLLIVER AND THOMAS BVRNAM C. 1636
  • 2) BE YT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE MEE 1611. HEARE I HAD NOT HVNGE BVT FOR IOHN DALINGTON
  • 3) THOMAS BVRNHAM AND THOMAS PARNELL CH. WARDENS H B 1682.
  • 4) JAMES CHARTERS VICAR THOMAS COLLIS & ROBT BODDINGTON CHURCHWARDENS. EDWD ARNOLD LEICESTER FECIT
  • 5) GLORIA PATRI FILIO ET SPIRITUI SANCTO. ANNO DOM. 1729 JOHN LEWIS AND WILLIAM KILSBY CHURCHWARDENS
    • (Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost).

 

Inscriptions, 4th. pre circa 1784-1799 and 5th. pre 1729

  • 4th. BE YT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE MEE 1611.
  • 5th. ABCDE FGHIK LMNO

Village amenities include :-
Public house, serving food.
Shop, selling general stores.

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