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( Diam. 32^^ in. )

5. LEONARD : WHITLEY : JOHN : WHARF : CHVRCH-

WARDENS i 1717.

( Diam. 37 in. )

6. REV. WM BRACKENBURY RECTOR JOHN WRAY C^

WARDEN THO« OSBORN DOWNHAM NORFOLK
FOUNDER 1791 ::•

( Diam. 42^ in.)
Priesfs Bell : —

Blank.

In 1553 there were at " Haltone " " iiij gret bells in the steeple."*
Holies says that at Haulton Holgate " In Fenestra Occident' ad
dextram Campanilis

Orate pro pulsat' Campanar. qui fecerunt Fenestram."t

The Rev. Wm. Brackenbury (see 6th bell) of Jesus College, Cam-
bridge, B.A. 1777, M.A. 1784, was presented to the Rectory of this
parish in 1779, and to the Vicarage of Humbleby in 1793 ; he died 26th
August, 1824, aged 70 years.



* Exch. Q. R. Church Goods. Line. Parcel 35^, P. R. Off. f Harl. MSS. 6829, p. 217.



43 S The Inscriptions on the



HALTON WEST.

S. Etheldreda. 3 Bells.

1. VENITE EXULTEMUS DOMINO 1710 [ n 168. ]

( Diam. 26f in. )

2. GLORIA IN ALTISSIMIS DEO 1710 [d 168.]

( Diam. 28 in. )
3- [ + 22 ] %-M(^ [ a 23 ] mM-mi^MSMM. [ □ 23 ]

:iB^MJm^ [ a 23 ] miM:M%m [ □ 23 ] jd)-

'MM.:m.^M^^ [ □ 23 ] -^ow-w-^^M [ ° 23 ]

( Diam. 30^ in. )

For Stamps see Plate XXIV. and page 71.

In 1553 there were here " iij great belles one sanctus bell."* Of
these only one now remains — the 3rd.

tE ^ lD OF METAL HEE GAVE TO THE BELL

[ D 157] 1633.

( Diam. 40^ in. )

7. T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1824. THE REV. HENRY

BRESTOWE BENSON VICAR WILLIAM GODSON
THOMAS ALMOND SEN^ CHURCHWARDENS.
( Diam. 45+ in. )

For Stamp see Plate XXIII.

The 5th, 7th and 8th bells were previously inscribed : —

5. Glory to God on high by powers heavenly to all eternity 1651. \j

7. Let peace and charity unite Christs family in perfect harmony
1651.

8. All men that heare my movrnfvl sovnd repent before yov lye in
grovnd. Ex dono Gvlielmi Taylor ferrariae ij



Church Bells of Lincolnshire. 451

Marrat* says the shields on the former 5th and 8th bells bore
" 3 Crescents 2 and i ; " more probably 3 horse-shoes.

The friend who visited this belfry for me writes :— " Many a dispute
and wager has taken place in the village with regard to the figure on the
6th bell, between the words ' well ' and ' pound.' Tradition says 40,
and the sexton, who accompanied me, said I need not trouble to copy
it as he knew it was 40 ; but he was at a loss to make out that number
when I showed him the rubbing." The explanation is that the arable
numeral 5 is of the form not uncommon at that time when its shape was
not as defined as at present : it is merely a curved line, very like that
used by the French now : and the inscription records that William
Tayler gave, not five pounds weight of metal, as the villagers would
read it, but, £^. worth of metal, which at that time would be a substantial
contribution to the cost of the bell.

Mr. Edward Godson, the kind donor of the two new treble bells to
make up a ring of eight, is a member of an old and valued family in
Heckington, where he and his ancestors have been landowners for
many years. Mr. William Godson, whose name is on the 7th bell, was
his uncle, and " William Tayeler " who loved ringing so well that he
gave ;^5. worth of metal to the 6th bell, was his great great uncle on his
mother's side. The new bells were dedicated by the Bishop Suffragan
of Nottingham, on Tuesday, the ist March, 1881, after the old bells had
been rehung by the Committee of the Heckington Flower Show from
funds which had accumulated in their hands.

On the walls of the belfry is a great number of names, initials, and
dates cut in the stone : probably those of ringers : they date from 1677.

'M^" HEIGHINGTON.

— ? 4 Bells.

I. PROSPERITY TO THIS TOWN [ □ 85 ] 1713.

( Diam. 22f in. )

* Hist. Line. in. p. 222.



452 The Inscriptions on the

2. PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD [ n 85 ] 1713.

( Diam. 24 in. )

3. GOD SAVE THE CHURCH AND QUEEN [ n 85 ] 1713.

( Diam. 25^ in. )

4. TIMOTHY PIKE BENEFACTOR [ d 85 ] 1713.

( Diam. 27^ in. ; all without canons. )

For Stamp see page 84.

As to Timothy Pike see under Washingborough.



1^0 HEI.PRINGHAM.

S. Andrew. 5 Bells.

1. JOHN SPRINGTHORPE C.W DANIEL HEDDERLY

POVND 1758.

( Diam. 32! in. )

2. ALL GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH 1707.

( Diam. 35 in. )

3- [ + 100 ] )^m.^3E^-® wM^ :^(Dm:E>^ 1600.

[ U 99 U 99 U 99 U 99- ]

( Diam. 37 in. )

4. CUM VOCO VENITE ii-.-JOHN HILL CHURCHWARDEN

THO^ OSBORN FECIT 1794.

( Diam. 41^ in. )

5- J^Il men; t^at ^eart mg monrfall sounir repent before gon Ige in ground 1627.

( Diam. 43 in. )

For Stamps see page 91.

In 1566 the churchwardens reported that "one sacring bell," which
belonged to the church in Queen Mary's time, had been sold and
defaced.*



Peacock's Ch. Fur. p. loi.



Church Bells of Lincolnshire. 453

According to Bishop TroUope's Sleaford (p. 403) the 4th bell was
previously inscribed : —

Anthony Newlove Rector. William Barnes Vicar.
Omnia fiant ad gloriam eccl. [?] 1608.

The Parish Registers keep on record the following : —

1610. 24 June being midsummer day the greate bell fell down as
the people were ringing, & brake through the high bell
chamber & strucke thorow the stone floor into the ground 3
quarters of a yard : which was throwe one of her yudyrons
breaking and had no hurt at all to her.*

The bells were rehung in 1878 by Mr. Rogers of Boston,



HEMINGBY.

S. Margaret. 3 Bells.

I, 2, 3. Lester & Pack of London Fecit 1764.
(Diams. 29, 31, 33 in.)

In 1553 there were here " iij gret bells. "f

There is a tradition that a larger church than the present formerly
stood here, in which were six bells.



HEMSWELL.

All Saints. 2 Bells.

1. ["^M]] M [+140] -^ [+140] ^ [+140.]

(Diam. 33 in. )

2. [ 4- 162 ] ^antti 'yjfnxrtz (Dmncs 1675 ^iZtZ" j©

( Diam. 34I in. )



* Bishop TroUope's Sleaford, p. 399.
f Land Revenue Records, Bundle 1392, File 79, P. R. Off.



454 ^^'^ Inscriptions on the

For Stamps see Plate XV., pages 114 and 118, and Plate XXIV.

In 1566 the churchwardens reporting as to the " monuments of
superstition " belonging to this church in Queen Mary's time, said: —
Itm . . . one sanctus bell one agnus bell gone owtt off the fore sayd
churche no man knoweth how ano dome a thousand five hundrethe
three schore & foure."

" Itm ij hande belles solid to Robertt aestroppe one of the sayd
Churche wardens to make a mortar off & they be deffaced the same
yere by the condecent off the holle pis."*

X^3 HEYDOUR.

S. Michael. 5 Bells and a Priest's Bell.

I. 3I: summon nil bji Icnbin0 sounbc : to Ijeare t^e faorb siim to toufonnb^
[ a 113- ]

( Diam. 31 in. )

2,3- 'KM^M'w^ :©©■ m'w:^^ ^x^©":©©" 1587

[ D 113 n 115. ]

( Diams. 36, 39 in. )
4. jE sfaectln toling men bo tall to taste on meats lljat fetbs i\}t soolc 1609
[ D 11'^ XJ see below, ]

( Diam. 42 in. )

5. mij.i^'MM ':j^'w^^'w smMMM



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