Cold Ashby.

Address :
St. Denys’ Church,
Church Lane, Cold Ashby.
Northants. NN6 6EN

Church of St. Denys, Cold Ashby. Photgraph taken from Thornby
St. Denys’ Church, Cold Ashby. Photograph taken from Thornby  Road.
  • Cold Ashby is one of the highest villages located on the Northamptonshire Uplands area.
  • Within the parish boundaries, trigonometrical  pillar No.1 was established in 1936 used for the “Re-triangulation of Great Britain” by the  Ordnance Survey © agency.

Benefice:- Part of the Uplands Group of Churches.

Web Links.
Church history
Dove’s Guide

6 Bells.

  • Treble.*1899. John Warner & Sons. (2-1-8).
  • 2nd.       2003. Eijsbouts of Holland. (3-0-3).
  • 3rd.        1880. John Taylor & Co. (4-3-14).
  • 4th.**    1317. William de Flint. (4¾ cwt.)
  • 5th.         1606. “Newcombe of Leicester.” (5½ cwt.)
  • Tenor.   1606.”Newcombe of Leicester.” (6½ cwt.)

*Lightest bell in Guilsborough branch.
**Oldest bell hung for change ringing in Northamptonshire & UK.


               ⇒ ⇒ EXIT to road ⇒ ⇒

west door

 Ground floor rope layout plan.

…..(5 steps ↑down↑ to west door exit)…..
⇒ staircase to organ loft ⇓

4th.               5th.            

      
                                  Tenor

3rd.                           Treble

2nd.

…↓one step down to nave door↓…

Clock.

  • Notices for visiting bell ringers:
    To dis-engage clock bell & chime hammers, pull & hook down 2 control cables located on north-west corner of tower, adjacent to west door & staircase.

Please ensure floor extension board is placed over top step, beneath No.5 rope position.


Ground floor layout plan as viewed from west tower entrance.

…..one step ↑down↑ to nave door…..

2nd.

Treble                    3rd.

Tenor                                 
          5th.                4th.

⇑ staircase to organ loft⇐                         
…5 steps ↑up↑ to ringing area… 
………west door of tower………

⇐ EXIT to Road ⇐    


Observations.

  • Compact ringing circle.
  • Essential to place floor extension over top step (under No. 5 bell rope position).
  • Tenor is rung from bottom step of organ loft stairway.
  • No practice night.
  • Occasional Sunday Services with bellringing.
  • The pathway leading up to the porch, bisects carefully maintained  cottage garden style borders. 

Technical attributes.

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

Accessibility to Church.

  • A level concrete path, leading from Church lane, routes around west end of tower to gated south porch. One step up through door into nave.
  • Limited “on-road” car parking outside Church.
  • Please be aware of entrance drives & pathways leading to houses close to Church.

The Earlier Bells.

According to an inventory ordered by Edward VI in 1552, two bells existed at Cold Ashby.

After 1606, it is recorded as 3 bells comprising  :-

  • Treble. 1317. William de Flint.
    • MARIA VOCOR ANO : DNI : M : CCC : XVII  
  • 2nd.       1606. Newcombe of Leicester.
    • NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE MEE
  • Tenor.  1606. Newcombe of Leicester.
    • NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE MEE

It appears that these two latter bells may well have been cast by Edward Newcombe, assisted by his three sons, Robert, Thomas & William

A 4th. bell was added c1880.


Village amenities.
Public House.
Village Hall.
Golf Course.

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