[Bell Historians] Unknown founder's mark

John Ketteringham john.ketteringham at n...
Fri Mar 8 04:55:02 GMT 2002

The drawing of the founders mark referred to and reproduced in Lincolnshire
Bells and Bellfounders was taken from Thomas North's Church Bells of
Lincolnshire published in 1882. It occurs on bells at Grimoldby,
Osbournby and Partney in Lincolnshire which have been credited to an unknown
London founder and cast in the early 15th century. It is also on a bell at
West Halton in Lincolnshire which bears the name of John Potter of York and
cast in the fourteenth century.

I hope this helps. My computer has been in hospital for some time so I
have not seen the previous correspondence. I am sorry not to have replied

By the way the drawing in Lincolnshire Bells and Bellfounders seems quite
satisfactory to me!!

>From John Ketteringham of Lincoln England

web site : http://homepage.ntlworld.com/john.ketteringham

-----Original Message-----
From: oakcroft13 [mailto:bill at h...]
Sent: 07 March 2002 22:17
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Bell Historians] Unknown founder's mark


> I have posted a photo of a founders mark

No-one else seems to have replied . . .
A drawing of a similar mark appears in Lincolnshire Bells and
Bellfounders, and there is a photograph of a similar mark, much more
neatly executed, in Sussex Bells and Belfries. In the Lincolnshire
book it is mark 12 on page 310. Unfortunately there is no index to
marks (that I can find) so it is not easy to find out which bell it
comes from. Perhaps John Ketteringham can search the text of the book
for you?

In the Sussex book, a similar but better executed mark appears as
item d in plate XI on page 48. Elphick says it appears on Catsfield
treble and tenor. I infer from Elphick's text that he considers these
bells to be 14th century, though he does not state this explicitly.

Rather vague answer I'm afraid, hope it is of some use.

Bill H

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