21 July 2001
On 21 July 2001, the bellringers of the North & East District of the Middlesex
County Association and London Diocesan Guild Guild of Church Bell Ringers went on an
outing to Northamptonshire, organised by Lucy in her capacity as District Secretary.
St John, Wicken (8) 15-1-20
Our first tower of the day
with a wonderful plaster fan vaulted ceiling
St Lawrence, Towcester (12) 23-1-17
We then moved on to Towcester, but unfortunately in the heat of the
moment, ringing their wonderful bells, I neglected to take any photographs.
Holy Cross, Patishall (6) 11-2-24
After lunch, we travelled on to Patishall, just off the A5 between Towcester and
There was some delay in getting into the church, but it gave time to admire the beautiful
wild flowers in the churchyard
And for a group photo
With only six bells at this tower, and about 35 bellringers, it was tricky making sure
everyone got a fair go. Stephen, in charge of this tower, can be seen centre-picture
pondering what we are going to ring next.
Holy Cross, Daventry (10) 18-3-11
We had a slightly worrying arrival at Daventry, finding a wedding party emerging from the
church. Whether it was the intention or not was unclear, but we ended up providing the
wedding party with 45 minutes of ringing, which they thought they had paid for!
High Altar and Reredos
St Andrew, Whilton (8) 13-1-5
After tea, we visited Whilton, our last church of the day.
Like with so many churches, it is hard to imagine what the architects had in mind when
they extended churches in a way totally out of line with the original structure.
Ringing titanic triples