[Bell Historians] Spurious Dove "exact" tenor weights

David Bryant david at b...
Thu Jul 24 12:36:33 BST 2003

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"Assuming a bell of usual thickness and profile, around 17½ cwt, but I
could be more certain if you could tell us who cast it (assuming I
have comparative details of other bells by that founder, to calculate
the likely thickness constant). It's certainly not going to be
anything like 19-3-14; it would take a Grimthorpe bell or a long-
waisted, thick medieaval bell to be that weight at 46½ inches in E."

It's by John Pennington (of Exeter ?), 1626. I attach a (not very good!)
photo - as you will see, it's quite short waisted. It's also a
nasty-sounding old bucket, but that's beside the point!


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