HILLMORTON St John the Baptist 6, 12-0-20 in F
|Practice||Wednesday 1930-2100 (2 & 4)|
History Of The Bells
Once reputed to be a much heavier ring of 5, and at times said to be unringable, these are now an easy going ring of 6. The old five were rehung in a new frame in 1981-2, the canons being removed, and then augmented to six, in 1983. the note of the tenor equates to F-46c.
The five were cast by Thomas Russell in the same year that he cast five bells for Napton on the Hill. This is remarkable has he only cast five complete rings out of an output of 72 bells between 1712 and 1743. Only Hillmorton remain intact as a ring. The old frame, basically seventeenth century, (possibly made in 1655) with a partial rebuild to the south side of the treble pit in the early nineteenth century, had been supported by the insertion of metal girders in about 1930. The new fabricated steel frame was made in July 1982 by first year apprentices at G.E.C. in Rugby to designs prepared by Taylors.
The church is a little difficult to find. From Rugby it is couple of miles or so along "Hillmorton Road" (NOT Lower Hillmorton Road!), the A428 to Northampton. Keep on the main road as it turns left, meeting Ashlawn Road and becoming High Street. Look for Watts Lane on your left, between bungalows, signposted Hillmorton Primary School, and follow it to the end, there will be shops on your right. Turn left, and go straight(ish) on at the roundabout you soon meet, now in School Street. Fairly soon you turn right into Brindley Road, look for the signpost to the church, and go through a large brick lined tunnel under the main railway line. Almost immediately you emerge from it you can turn left into the church car park, just south of the church.
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1983 5-2-20 29.50" 1142.0Hz (D-49c)
2 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 5-2-15 31.00" 1020.0Hz (C-44c)
3 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 5-3-19 32.25" 909.0Hz (Bb-44c)
4 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 6-3-26 34.50" 858.0Hz (A-44c)
5 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 9-1-07 38.00" 764.0Hz (G-45c)
6 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 12-0-20 41.625" 680.0Hz (F-46c)
|The Bells||The Church -
|Mark Sayers trying out the
slightly tricky staircase!