[Bell Historians] Oldham

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Mon Mar 4 16:14:13 GMT 2002

It was done by Mears & Stainbank, as recorded in their daybook for 18 August
1897. The rededication took place on 14 August 1897 (Bell News 28 Aug.1897

The original contract with Thomas Mears dated 29 December 1829 (Derek Thomas
sent me a copy some years ago) specifies that the Mears was to "provide a
good and substantial frame of Cast Iron, with proper bolts and fastenings to
the same, for the said Bells of the most approved pattern and onstruction
and of sufficient strength and thickness for sustaining the said bells".

The bells were dated 1830 and said to have been opened on 2 September 1830,
although the papers sent to me by Derek include a handbill for the opening
on 25 July 1836

Presumably the original frame wasn't up to the job. But it would be
interesting to know more about it, and about it's short-lived successor of

Chris P

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Bryant" <djb122 at y...>
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Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 11:58 AM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Oldham

> Apparently the old bells at Oldham were rehung in a metal frame
> (presumably with new fittings) in 1896. Does anyone know who did this,
> or have any details.
> David
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