[Bell Historians] heavy tenors

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Wed Oct 29 01:09:20 GMT 2003

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Wasn't doubting the source or the weight - just suggesting that 27-2-13 may=
not have been a very accurate weighing by modern standards / comparable wi=
th the present weight of the bell. It would be interesting to know what it=
weighed when M&S received it for tuning in 1960.

Good to have full details of the contract etc, though - thanks, Anne

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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 ins=
talled 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 1960
[A Willis]=20
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 a=
t 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=20=20=20


John French Churchwarden, after the following articles: Abel Rudhall to=
deliver the bell at Bristol, sound and tuneable, at fourteen Pence and t=
hree 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 wa=
rrent 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 Brist=
ol, 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 14=BEd per lb =
=A3190:1: 9

Old Bell wd 2815 at 12d per lb 14=

49 : 6: 9

Disbursed =
=A3 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 condit=
ions of

sending it to Warmr =
2 -

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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