NAPTON ON THE HILL St Lawrence 6, 11-0-11 in F (GF)
(5th is variable)
History Of The Bells
Unsurprisingly, given the name, this church is on the top of a hill but can be missed - look for the signpost pointing up a small road to the church. There is a fairly easy going ground floor six with an outside tower entrance on the south side.
The Russell bells are the remnants of a complete ring of five put in place shortly after the upper stages of the tower were rebuilt. The tenor was recast and the bells rehung by Warners in 1874 at a cost of £100. Whitechapel restored the bells in 1958, installing a "built-up" lowside frame for six. They added a treble five years later.
The fourth bell cracked in 2002 and was welded by Soundweld and rehung on a new canon retaining headstock by Eayre & Smith. The tenor has "Doncaster" canons and the other old bells retain their canons.
All five older bells have been quarter turned, except the fourth which was turned again (and weighed) in 2002 to become eighth turned. The treble was cast with a flat top. The exact weight of the tenor has been discovered by Chris Pickford from the 1874 invoice. The weight has not changed subsequently.
At some point in the past, the local ringers do not know when or why, the arch in the east wall of the tower was bricked up, meaning that there is no direct access any more from the church to the ground floor ringing room. One wonders if it was to keep the parishioners in or the ringers out!
There is room for a few cars by the churchyard gate.
On one approach road to the village there is a fierce hump-backed bridge over the canal - drive slowly! It is viscious enough to be used to test Land Rover Vehicles.
Details of the Bells
1 Mears & Stainbank, 1963 3-3-09 27.625" 1172.0Hz (D-4c)
2 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 4¼cwt 29.25" 1050.0Hz (C+6c)
3 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 5cwt 31.25" 929.5Hz (Bb-5c)
4 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 6-2-23 33.25" 883.0Hz (A+6c)
5 Thomas Russell, Wootton 1731 8cwt 36.75" 782.0Hz (G-4c)
6 John Warner & Sons, London 1874 11-0-11 41.00" 696.5Hz (F-5c)
|The Church -
|The Church -
(Note the Blocked Door)
front of the
|A door within a
door in the church