St.Giles/Blendworth & St.Mark/St.Louis
Carl S Zimmerman
csz_stl at s...
Tue Jun 3 23:02:46 BST 2003
The oldest dated bell in the city of Saint Louis (and for that
matter, the surrounding 20 counties at least) arrived here
comparatively recently, as a gift from the Anglican parish of
St.Giles, Blendworth, Hampshire, to the Episcopal parish of St.Mark,
Saint Louis, Missouri. This occurred about June, 1960, at the
conclusion of a year wherein the two rectors had exchanged pulpits.
Unfortunately I have been unable to discover whether any of the
history of this bell was communicated to St.Mark's, and so I turn to
this List in search of further information.
The bell carries the following inscription in the shoulder band:
I P I T 1 6 3 6
The letters have slight serifs, as does the base of the "1"; the top
of the "3" is angular; and the two "6"s are not identical (one has a
much tighter loop than the other).
Otherwise the only decoration is the bead lines, of which there are
2 on the domed top
2 above the inscription
2 below the inscription
3 below the waist
2 at the lip
The diameter is approximately 20.75", but it varies considerably
because of heavy chipping around the lip.
The height is 19.5" to the base of the crown, and 24.6" to the top of
The crown has a tall center piece, rather flat, with a square-cut
eye; the base of this piece has bulges on both sides, obviously for
the rather thick cast-in clapper staple.
There are six canons, with vertical lower portions and slanted upper
portions attached to the center piece just above the base of the eye.
There are severe cracks from the lip up to the mid-waist on opposite
sides of the bell, so the pitch is indeterminate and the tone is a
dull clunk. (A local monumental bronze firm attempted to weld the
cracks a few years ago, but the welds are highly porous and the tone
was not improved.)
Unfortunately I do not have a digital photograph of this bell.
Any information or educated guesses about this bell will be most welcome.
=Carl Scott Zimmerman= Co-Webmaster: http://www.gcna.org/
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