[Bell Historians] Earliest ring of bells on commercial ball races

David Bryant david at b...
Fri Oct 3 15:36:01 BST 2003

> I had heard that the tenor of the former steel ring at Sowerby
> Bridge had been rehung by Mallabys on ball bearings in the early
> 1900s.

Funnily enough, I've recently come across a newspaper cutting with a picture
of the bells at St Mary, Bishophill Senior, York, immediately prior to
removal in 1954. The bells were rehung by Mallaby in 1907, and the bell in
the picture clearly has ball bearings. Are they original? I don't know, but
I haven't come across any reference to any work being done to the bells
between their rehanging and their removal. Not that this means that there
wasn't any, or course.


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