J Gotley 1854 / Alfred York 1885 bell work at Hilmarton, Wilts

Ken Webb kenwebb at r...
Tue Nov 4 22:08:59 GMT 2003

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I found the name Gotley in Hilmarton, Wilts accounts. 13th June 1854 Paid I=
? or J? Gotley repairing the bells. =A310 10s 10d. 22 Nov 1854 balance of =
account paid to Gotley & Co for work & repairs to bells =A318 4s 4d. This i=
nfo is in the Wilts Record Office ref 796/30. Pack of receipts ref 796/31 =
may have a receipt for this work? I do not know what they did, 2 tier timbe=
r tower 3 on 3 all E-W thought to date from 1840 tower rebuild from old bel=
fry upwards. Only 5 bells until treble added 1875. The following work was =
completed in 1885.

Alfred York quoted 15 Dec 1884 & was paid =A347 5s on 26 May 1885 for a) 2 =
Tufting guides 1.5in sq with 2 in holes for tufting to pass through (these =
are the rope guides used until 2003 when a gallery was added), b) Second: N=
ew stock,wheel, pulley, stay, clapper, staple, bell sharpened, rework gudge=
ons & bearings. Use old ironwork., c) Third: New stock, wheel, pulley, stay=
, slider and clapper. Use old ironwork. d) Fourth: New stock,wheel, pulley,=
stay, staple. Use old clapper & ironwork. e) Fifth Stock to be reduced, ir=
onwork altered, alter staple, new gudgeon staples, wheel, pulley, stay & sl=
ider.f) Tenor Stock to be reduced, ironwork altered, new gudgeons staples, =
wheel, pulley, stay & slider. CD thinks the York wheels are still on bells =
2 to 6.

The bells were opened 26 May 1885 3pm Divine Service - the date York was pa=

By 1901 Thos Blackbourn & John Warner were recommending removal of the fram=
e. In fact =A336 was paid to Warners in Dec 1901 for new Bearings & re-turn=
ed Gudgeons.=20
In 1925 Mears & Stainbank recommended new gudgeons & bearings for all 6 be=
lls for =A3164 or for the Tenor only =A332.15.0 or a new frame for =A3370. =
Further work was carried out in 1938.

Ken Webb
----- Original Message -----=20
From: Chris Pickford=20
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com=20
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Re: Jefferies / Jefferies & Price
Throws up a few queries, of course:=20
a.. Who was James Gotby/Gotley of Bristol, 1853?=20
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