[Bell Historians] Clock Chimes - information and requests for details

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Wed Jun 4 11:28:41 BST 2003

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I can - thanks to Taylors - provide answers to come of Andrew's queries. P=
erhaps Mike Chester could now add details to the chimes list?

Ossett, Town Hall, Yorks: Five clock bells, largest 7-2-16, per Potts of L=
eeds, Jan.1908=20

Dewsbury, Town Hall, Yorks: Clock bells per Potts of Leeds, 20 Feb.1889. Be=
lls 5-1-23, 8-1-1, 11-0-14, 24-2-11 and 35-0-12 (84-2-5). Oak frame, fittin=
gs etc. =A3560.11.1.

Batley, Carnegie Free Library, Yorks: Four quarter bells, per Potts 1906. 2=
4", 26=BD", 29.625", 36.625", and hour bell (Warner - [possibly 1879 - can =
anyone confirm?]) 53.875", 3-3-15, 5-0-20, 6-2-11, 10-3-4.

Huddersfield, Cooperative Society, Buxton Road, Yorks: Four clock bells, la=
rgest 9-0-5, per Potts of Leeds, Nov.1904=20

Cleckheaton, Town Hall, Yorks: Bells for Cleckheaton Town Hall, per Potts o=
f Leeds, 20 Sept.1892 - 5-1-7, 5-3-20, 7-0-14, 14-3-15 and 21-1-17 (total 5=
4-2-17). Cost =A3273.5.2.=20

Keighley, Institute, Yorks: Clock bells, per Potts of Leeds, 28 March 1892.=
Five bells - no destination - 4-1-12, 5-2-20, 7-1-1, 15-1-25 and 25-1-11 (=
total 58-0-13) - daybook shows for Keighley Institute (weights tally)=20

Middlesbrough Town Hall, Yorks: Clock bells through Robert Richardson, cloc=
k manufacturer, Middlesbrough, 4 July 1889 - 5-0-1, 6-0-8, 7-2-5, 17-1-17, =
47-1-6 (total 83-1-9); fixing the bells for Richardson invoiced separately =
on 20 July 1889.=20

Thornaby, Town Hall, Yorks: Five clock bells, largest 7-3-26, per Potts of=
Leeds, July 1908

Also at Thornaby - South Stockton [also known as Thornaby on Tees], Yorks: =
Hours and four quarter bells for South Stockton, per Potts of Leeds, 13 Nov=
.1891 - 1-2-3, 2-1-7, 3-2-16, 6-0-18 and 8-1-11 (total 21-3-27). Cost =A311=
5 9s.=20

This leaves Lindley Clock Tower and Hartforth Hall unaccounted for from And=
rew's list. The above details are incomplete only because I had specificall=
y sought details of work for Potts (when editing the Potts clock catalogues=
for publication by the AHS) and regarding heavy bells (for the Great Bells=
list now on the Keltek website). But this information should fill quite a =
lot of gaps

Morley Town Hall has a Warner clock chime of five bells, largest 35 cwt, ac=
cording to their catalogues. I've assume these are 1895 (the date of the To=
wn Hall), though I'd ve very keen to have full details of date, diameters a=
nd (if available) weights.

Don't know anything about Dewsbury Co-Op

The whole Town Hall thing is covered in an excellent book on Victorian and =
Edwardian Town Halls by Colin Cunningham (RKP, 1981) - a comprehensive acou=
nt, and well illustrated (but nothing on bells). Colin taught me Latin at =
school (about as succesfully as Paul Cattermole taught me maths!) and later=
went on to teach architectural history with the OU. His father used to be=
Rector of Hanbury (Ambridge and Worcestershire's finest Taylor eight) and =
did have a go at ringing. He also printed Paul Cattermole's little booklet =
on The Bells of Bale

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