The Bells

The Bells of All Saints Church, Earls Barton

There are 8 bells in the key of F

The following information is taken from a framed handwritten illuminated script hung in the Tower. The text in quotes is a translation of the latin inscription on each bell.

Treble Bell

5cwt, 2lbs
2feet, 3 inches
John Taylor, Loughborough 1935
Gift of the Barron Bell Trust

2nd Bell

5cwt, 1 Quarter, 7lbs,
2 feet, 4 inches in diameter
Founder: John Taylor, Loughborough 1935
“To the Glory of God”
The 2 bells were added completing this peal in the year of the King’s Silver Jubilee, 1935, gift of the Barron Bell Trust, Emma Barron, Founder, F. Hopkins, CM Walrond, HW Eldred – Trustees

3rd Bell

7cwt, 0 Quarters, 9lbs,
Diameter: 2 feet, 8 3/4 inches
Founder: Henry Penn, 1720
“Blessed are the Peacemakers”

4th Bell

5cwt, 3 Quarters, 17lbs,
Diameter: 2 feet, 7 inches
Founder: Henry Penn, 1720
“If God be for us, who can be against us”

5th Bell

7cwt, 3 Quarters, 7lbs,
Diameter: 2 feet, 10 1/8 inches
Founder: Edward Arnold, St Neots, 1775
“John Smith & William Kemshead, Church Wardens”

6th Bell

8cwt, 1 Quarters, 14lbs,
Diameter: 3 feet, 0 3/8 inches
Founder: Henry Penn 1720
“Jesus, King of the Jews, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

7th Bell

10cwt, 2 Quarters, 4lbs,
Diameter: 3 feet, 5 3/4 inches
Founder: Henry Penn, 1720, Recast Taylors, 1934
“Let the Church declare the truth firm, I scorn opposition.”

Tenor Bell

11cwt, 3 Quarters, 25lbs,
Diameter: 3 feet, 2 inches
Founder: Thomas Eyre, 1761 **
“To the Church the living I do call and to the grave I summon J Warren & John Smith, Church Wardens 1761.”
Thomas Eyre, Vincent Barker, Benefactor.

** When the Tenor bell was cast in 1761 by Thomas Eyre, they also cast the Tenor for Grendon. Tradition has it that the bells were accidentally swapped, thus Earls Barton having the Grendon tenor.

In 1935 the 7th bell was recast due to poor tone, by John Taylor of Loughborough, who also retuned and rehung the rest of the bells in a new oak frame and fittings, when the treble and 2nd bell were added to complete the ring of eight as today.

Please note, this copy of the inscriptions may contain errors due to the difficulties in decoding the text/writing.

This is a view from the top of the tower looking down onto the bell cradles.

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