[Bell Historians] The "Guinness" Book of Bells

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Sat Apr 19 10:21:38 BST 2003

Just a couple of suggestions:

First complete ten: Lichfield, Henry Bagley 1688 [Derby were a very early ten (1678) but not complete]

Oldest surviving complete ten: Bury St.Edmunds, Thomas Osborn 1785

Oldest ring of six: Important to distinguish between bells and church. St.Swithun's Worcester bells remain in the church for which they were cast. The ring at the Arts Centre at York came from several different places

Can't help thinking that the "Guiness Book of Records" ought to include lists of runners up - so it's clear that they've been noted (e.g. Derby), but also why they don't take the prize

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Subject: [Bell Historians] The "Guinness" Book of Bells

So far we have:
First complete 12: St Michael's Cornhill, Phelps 1728 [Michael Wilby]
Oldest Complete 12: St Paul's Cathedral, Taylor 1878 [Andrew Aspland]

First Complete 13: Leeds Parish Church, Mears 1840 [Andrew Aspland]

First Complete 10: Lichfield??? [Michael Wilby]
Oldest Complete 10: Bury St Edmunds??? [Michael Wilby]
Don't Derby Cathedral rate amongst these?

First Complete 8: Bishops Cannings, John Wallis of Salisbury 1602 [Anne
Oldest Complete 8: Merton College, Oxford 1680 [David Bryant]

First Complete 6: Will we ever know?
Oldest Complete 6: Martley, Worcs, Richard Keene 1673 [David Bagley]

Can't be doing with all these averages but I will note
St Swithuns Worcester a 6 with the most recent bell dated 1654. [David


Longest unguided draught (measured r/c floor to ceiling):

Longest draught (measured r/c floor to gudgeon):

Shortest draught:


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