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All Saints' Church
Station Road, Lilbourne

CV23 0SX


All Saints’ Church, Lilbourne, painted by Paul Braddon, c1853? from an old lithograph. (Reproduced, courtesy of Lilbourne P.C.C.)


  • Main Ringing practice :  1st. and 3rd. Thursday : 7:30pm. to 9:00 pm. 
  • Subject to available ringers, we aim to ring for:-
  • 2nd. Sunday from 10.45am. to 11.15am.

    alternatively, chiming of Treble bell.

  • 4th. Sunday from 5.30pm. to 6.00pm.
  • 5th. Sunday is a united benefice service in rotation with Yelvertoft & Crick, with ringing from 10.45am. to 11.15am.
  • 1st. & 3rd. Sunday, ringing not required for 8.30am. services.

Usual Sunday Service Times :-

  • 1st. 8.30am. Holy Communion.
  • 2nd. 11.15am. Family Service.
  • 3rd. Holy Communion.
  • 4th. Evensong.
  • 5th. Rotating in Benefice.


P.D.G.C.B.R. Guilsborough Branch.
  • Tower Captain and Bell-Ringing Tuition : 
  • Ian. Tel. 01788 860742.
  • Steeple Keeper :
  • Rob. Tel. 07926 15 18 11.

5 Bells.

  • All bells cast by Thomas II Eayre of Kettering.
  • Treble.1762.  (5½ cwt.)
  • 2nd.       1762.  (6¼ cwt.)
  • 3rd.        1762.  (6½ cwt.)
  • 4th.        1762.      (8 cwt.)
  • Tenor. 1761.    (10cwt).
  • Rope Guides.
  • No Clock.
Ground floor rope layout plan.

… west window & wall of tower …


………..rope spider        4



open access from nave

<<< EXIT <<< south door


Accessibility to Church.
  • Level gravel stone pathways from roadside leading to :-
  • 1) Two steps down into Church via main south door.
  • 2) Level entry via north door.


  • These 5 bells, now ring a lot more easier, as you would expect, in the aftermath of the restoration project.
  • Well illuminated ringing chamber.
On road car parking outside Church.
  • Please be aware of entrance drives & pathways leading to houses close to Church.
Church & Churchyard Security.
  • 24/7 HD CCTV site surveillance monitored with image recording facilities in operation.


5 Bells,  restored but not re-tuned in 2012, with new head stocks,clappers, self aligning bearings, wheels,running gear and ropes.
  • Existing oak frame strengthened.
  • Restoration carried out by A. Nicholson of Bridport,Devon.
  • Rope guide framework raised to higher level during 2013.
  • Blue / white sally colours, were specifically chosen to replicate similar colours incorporated on the coat of arms for the De Camville family who held Lilbourne castle during the c12th. / c13th.. centuries.
  • The castle, which was only ever  constructed of wood  & not stone, strategically  overlooked the important “Oxford way” river Avon crossing, mentioned earlier.
    Ref. J. A.
 The Earlier Bells.
  • The Church had four bells in the 1600′s but by the mid 1700′s they were cracked.
  • Thomas II Eayre  of Kettering was commissioned to melt down these four bells & re-cast them, making a ring of FIVE.
  • They were the last set he made & one of only two complete “rings” he produced that are still in existence.
  • The new bells were put into position in 1762, possibly to celebrate the Reverend John Robinson’s 40th anniversary as vicar of Lilbourne.
    (Script taken from an original article produced by the Alexander family of Lilbourne 2012)


  • Northamptonshire county border village with two County boundaries. To the north, the course of the River Avon forms the boundary with Leicestershire & to the west, A5 Trunk road (Watling Street) , boundary with Warwickshire.
    All three Counties meet at
    “Dow Bridge” on the A5/River Avon crossing.
  • Wind farm territory.
    As well as Yelvertoft’s 8 & Swinford’s 11, active turbines, a further 5 wind turbines at Lilbourne with a total height of 130 metres to blade tips,  dominate the eastern  skies  of the village. Each of the 5 turbines generate upto 2 MW of electrical power. Via a step-up transformer, the voltage is increased to 33kV & fed to a sub-station near Crick. 5 more turbines have been erected near Watford during the latter quarter of 2015. Turbines erected at Winwick during 2016.
  • Shakespeare’s Avon Way, a long distance footpath, passes through the Churchyard on it’s 88 mile long journey from the source of the River Avon at Naseby, to the River Severn.
  • In mediaeval times, Lilbourne was granted “Market status rights” which effectively made it a town & not a village.The location of the former market site was to the south of the church within the cleft a classic inverted “Y” shaped road junction of the “Oxford Way” & the “Portway” from Yelvertoft.
  • Lilbourne & Great Oxendon are the only two towers in the  Guilsborough Branch that do not contain clocks.
  • The Wildlife Trusts,
    Northamptonshire Churchyard Conservation Award Scheme.
    “Silver Award”. and also a “Gold Award”.
  • United Benefice of Crick, Yelvertoft & Lilbourne.


The flooded river Avon at the county border bridge. The view shows a river level gauge height of 1.2 metres


Please note:
Catthorpe Rd. / Station Rd. north of the Church, are liable to flooding on both sides of the river crossing after heavy rainfall. The flood waters can be deceptively deeper than expected.


Please click on Environment Agency link below :-
Lilbourne : River Avon Level Gauge.
A river gauge level in excess of 1.0 metre will imply that the roads will be liable to commence flooding.

Highest recorded level = 1.89 metres : Wednesday, March 9th. 2016.

Home page photograph shows the bellringers who  rang a valid peal on Saturday December 7th 1912.
Further research has allowed us to identify each individual with reasonable accuracy. See “Who are the 6 ringers ?” section.

 Website Links.


Village & nearby Amenities include :-
  • recently opened Public house , Station Rd. Lilbourne
  • Garage repair services, tyre fitting,  Rugby Rd. Lilbourne.
  • Non-conformist Church.
  • Village Hall.
  • Farm shop, Main St. Catthorpe.



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