[Bell Historians] Earliest ring of bells on commercial ball r aces

Andrew Bull a.bull at s...
Fri Oct 3 14:32:04 BST 2003

The ninth and tenor of the new Taylor ten cast for St Woolos, Newport, in
1913 were hung on ball-bearings. Those of the ninth (now eleventh) were
replaced in 1984, but the tenor still runs on the original bearings, and
still goes very well. I believe that the seventh and tenor at Chewton
Mendip, also 1913, were likewise hung on ball-bearings.

Andrew Bull

-----Original Message-----
From: fellman2003 [mailto:doug.sim at b...]
Sent: 02 October 2003 19:24
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Bell Historians] Earliest ring of bells on commercial ball races

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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