Earliest ring of bells on commercial ball races

fellman2003 doug.sim at b...
Thu Oct 2 19:23:59 BST 2003

I have spotted some messages this year on ball races, but cannot find 
any messages about the first use of these in rings of bells.
Trevor Jennings in the "Development of British bell fittings" 
describes many patent roller/ball systems, but notes circa 1913 as 
the first date when commercial ball bearings were used. 
In the West Cumbria, it has always been "said" that Hensingham St. 
John (Taylors - 8 bells, 1914), one of the last rings of bells to be 
hung before the Great War, was also the first ring of bells to be 
entirely hung on ball races. Can anyone comment on this? They are 
still on their original bearings to my knowledge, but where they the 

Doug Sim,
St. Bees,

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