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St. Mary the Virgin Church
Church Lane, Welford



Church of St. Mary The Virgin, Welford.
Church of St. Mary The Virgin, Welford.

  • Northamptonshire county border village. Boundary, river Avon with Leicestershire.
  • Garage services on A5199 Northampton road, dispensing Petrol & Diesel fuels.
  • Benefice:- Welford, Sibbertoft & Marston Trussell.

Dove’s Guide
Welford village website

P.D.G.C.B.R. Guilsborough Branch.
Tower Captain for Welford & Sibbertoft:-
Kelvin, Tel. 01858 575683.

8 Bells.
  • Treble.1933. John Taylor & Co.      (3-1-14).
  • 2nd.      1933. John Taylor & Co.      (3-2-5).
  • 3rd.       1933. John Taylor & Co.      (4-0-10).
  • 4th.       1699. Henry II Bagley.          (4-2-20).
  • 5th.       1859. John Taylor & Co.      (5-0-12).
  • 6th.       1633. Hugh II Watts.             (6-2-18).
  • 7th.       1638. Hugh II Watts.             (9-3-23).
  • Tenor. 1638. Hugh II Watts. (Wt.12-1-26).
  • Rope Guides.
Ground floor rope layout plan.

…….…west wall, window & door of tower…….…
⇐ (*dis-engage clock bell hammer).                             

2nd.        3rd.

Treble                                4th.


Tenor                                6th.

……….↓unglazed nave screen & doorway↓……….
Two steps up to ringing area from nave.

<<< EXIT <<< south door <<<


  • Notice for visiting bell ringers :
    *To dis-engage clock bell hammer, pull & hook down control cable located close to belfry stairway door at south-west corner of tower.
  • Observations.
    All of these 8 bells run smoothly.
  • Accessibility to Church.
    Level access into the Church via south door from the road.
  • Toilet Facilities.
  • Practice night : 1st. & 3rd. Monday, 7:30 pm. to 9:00 pm.
  • (Sibbertoft is on 2nd. & 4th. Monday).
  • (5th. Monday is  a floating venue).
  • Service Ringing.
    1st, 3rd, 4th, (5th.) Sunday, 5:30 pm. to 6:00 pm.
  • Quarter Peal Service Ringing.
    On the 2nd. Sunday of each month, 5.00pm. to 6.00pm.

    (alternatively, normal service ringing applies).

It is recorded that there were 5 bells at Welford in 1878.
The early 2nd. bell, cast in 1595, believed to be by either Newcombe & Watts or Francis Watts of Leicester, was inscribed :-
••“Cum Cum and Prea”.
(Come Come and Pray).
This bell was replaced by John Taylor & Co. in 1859.
Ref. Church Bells of Northamptonshire.

Village amenities include :-
Garage services + petrol & diesel fuel.
Post office + Vehicle Tax & shop.
Public house. (Canal arm, wharfside).



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2015, 2016 & 2017

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