Ravensthorpe.

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Address :
St. Denys’ Church, 
Church Hill, Ravensthorpe.
Northants. NN6 8EL

Benefice:- Part of the Uplands Group of Churches.

Dove’s Guide


5 Bells.

  • Treble. 1809. John Briant. (3-3-3). [swing EW]
  • 2nd.      1809. John Briant. (3-3-20). [EW]
  • 3rd.       1809. John Briant. (4-1-21). [NS]
  • 4th.       1809. John Briant. (5-0-10). [EW]
  • Tenor.  1887. John Taylor & Co. (Wt.7-2-0). [EW]

Clock.

  • Notice for visiting bell ringers:
  • To dis-engage clock bell hammer, pull & hook down control cable located on west wall of tower.

Ground floor rope layout plan.
……west wall & window of tower……
  Clock hammer, disengage position →

2nd.                3rd.

                              rope spider   belfry ladder ⇑

Treble                                    4th.

 

Tenor

…….↓open & level access to nave↓……

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


Observations.

  • Compact, but good rope circle.
  • Rope mats.
  • No rope guides.
  • Rope spider.
  • The bells are rung for weddings & other special occasions.
  • Very dull lighting in ringing chamber.

Technical attributes.

  • Two-tier metal frame, (treble and No.2 bell at top).
  • Metal headstocks.
  • Hastings stays.
  • Grease cup clapper bearings.
  • Gudgeon pins on ball bearings.

Accessibility to Church.

  • A series of four wide steps leads up from the roadside pavement, then one step up into south porch. 
  • Level access through door to nave.

The Earlier Bells.

Records show that in 1712 there were 3 bells. 

  1. Treble. 1627. Hugh II Watts.
    • (IHS : NAZARENVS REX IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE MEI. 1627)
    • (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me).
  2. 2nd. unknown date or founder.
  3. Tenor. 1712, unknown founder. 
    • (Mr. Daniel Some and Mr. William Archer Churchwardens 1712.)

The Later Bells.

1809 : Bells were re-cast and augmented to five by John Briant.

1887 : Tenor re-cast by John Taylor & Co.


Village amenities include :-
Public house.

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