[Bell Historians] Bromham, Wilts

matthewhigby at a... matthewhigby at a...
Sat Mar 15 16:56:32 GMT 2003

In a message dated 15/03/2003 16:46:08 GMT Standard Time, 
dennis.powney at l... writes:

> The bell from the redundant, and now deconsecrated, church of St. Mary, 
> Chittoe, Wiltshire, now hangs in the tower at St. Nicholas, Bromham, Wilts, 
> where it is used as a sanctus bell. Chittoe church was erected 1845/46 and 
> the bell, which dates from around that time and weighs c.112 lbs, has the 
> letters " J & P " and below this is the letter "B" cast into it, on the 
> waist. Please can anyone tell where, and by whom this bell was made?

This is typical of Jefferies & Price of Bristol. There was a bell with 
identical inscription at Vobster, Somerset (Circa 1846) until a few years ago 
- in fact I dont know where it went after the Church was made redundant. 
There is another bell by them at Cloford, Somerset dated 1854. Ref for both: 
Church Bells of the Frome Deanery by George Massey, 1985. I am sure Revd. 
David Cawley will be able to tell us of hundreds more!

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> Also, the accounts for the recasting, by J. Warner, of the six bells at St. 
> Nicholas, Bromham in 1875 shows that "Mr York, of Bristol" was paid 
> 15s/6d. (This, I presume, same Mr York, of Bristol, did £47/10s/7d worth 
> of work on Hilmarton, Wilts, bells in 1885). My question is, If Warners 
> recast and rehung the six bells, for which they were paid £304, and they 
> had the metal from the old ring of six, what was Mr York doing, that he 
> travelled 30 miles from Bristol, for just fifteen shillings and six pence?

Mr York was a well known Bristol Bellhanger. He may have overseen the 
installation???? Did York train to be a bellhanger at Warners????


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