Hugh II Watts.


The Watts family were bellfounders since c1564/5, following in the tradition of father to son for three generations. Francis Watts was operating between c1564/5 to 1600 partly on his own  but also in periodic partnership with the Newcombe family, post 1585. He had two younger brothers, William  who was casting at the Bedford foundry &  Hugh I Watts at Leicester.  Hugh, continued the family business on after Francis from 1600 to 1614/5.In turn, his *son,Hugh II Watts took over from 1614/5 to 1642/3. Within this period of time, he gained quite an enviable reputation, like his father before him, as a first class bellfounder, with at least 316 castings to his name, throughout Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire & other neighbouring counties as well.
Hugh II Watts previously worked with his uncle William at Bedford.
*Some sources suggest Francis as father to Hugh II Watts.

List of Watts bells located in the P.D.G.C.B.R.Guilsborough Branch area.

Hugh I & II Watts, Marston Trussell.

Hugh II Watts.
Brixworth,(Clay Coton- now a private dwelling),

Creaton, Crick, East Haddon, (Guilsborough-pre 1847), Haselbech, Lamport,(Lilbourne-pre 1762), Long Buckby, Naseby, Old,
(Ravensthorpe-pre 1809), Scaldwell, Welford, Yelvertoft.

Newcombe & Watts, one bell at East Farndon.

Location formerly in Guilsborough Branch area but now transferred to L.D.G.Mkt.Harborough District.

Hugh II Watts, Stanford on Avon.

Further reading:-
The Church Bells of Leicestershire, by T.North.
The Church Bells of Northamptonshire, by T.North.

Reference websites:-
Dove’s Guide.
National Bell Register.

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Bells + Ringing around Rural North-west Northamptonshire, South Leicestershire and East Warwickshire.