[Bell Historians] heavy tenors

A Willis zen16073 at z...
Tue Oct 28 16:15:09 GMT 2003

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From: Chris Pickford [mailto:c.j.pickford at t...]
Sent: 28 October 2003 23:40
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] heavy tenors

I rather suspect an exaggerated contemporary weight at Warminster - the
weight 27-2-13 coming from the church records at the time the bell was
installed in 1737. The bells were rehung by Bowell in 1914 and the canons
may have been removed them. Mears & Stainbank rehung and retuned them in
[A Willis]

The weight is in a copy of the contract, in the churchwardens' accounts,
so I would hope it was correct .
Anne Willis


Memorandum November 2nd 1737. The new Tenor Bell cast by Abel Rudhall at
Gloucester was hung up in the

c qrs lb lb

tower; weight 27 2 13 or 3093

The agreement for casting this bell was made on the second day of July
1737, between Abel Rudhall and


John French Churchwarden, after the following articles: Abel Rudhall to
deliver the bell at Bristol, sound and tuneable, at fourteen Pence and
three farthings for every Pound weight; to ?new clapper the new bell and to
have the old clapper; to find and pay a man to hang up the new Bell in the
Tower, the Parishioners finding the material for the doing of it; And to
warrent the bell sound and good for Twelve Months and one Day after the same
shall be hung up in the tower. John French to deliver the old bell at
Bristol, at twelve Pence for every Pound weight, and to pay the sd Abel
Rudhall the Difference of the Acct at the Expiration of the twelve months
and one day mentioned above.

New bell wd 3093 at 14¾d per lb
£190:1: 9

Old Bell wd 2815 at 12d per lb

49 : 6: 9

£ s d

Paid for help in taking down the Tenor Bell
2 6

Expences in going to Gloucester to se the Bell wd and settle the
conditions of

sending it to Warmr
12 -

For help to draw up the Tenor
2 -

John Butler the Bell Hanger for Expedition
1 3

Mr Rudhall for casting the Tenor Bell
49 6 9
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