HUGH II WATTS OF LEICESTER.
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.
The Church Bells of Leicestershire, by T.North.
The Church Bells of Northamptonshire, by T.North.