[Bell Historians] RE: Research Project

David Beacham david1.beacham at v...
Thu Oct 30 10:57:53 GMT 2003

The 11th at Worcester, All Saints, cast by Abraham Rudhall I in 1692, has
the Royal Arms on its waist. Whose Arms, I cannot say, but it was during the
reign of William & Mary. Worcester was a Royalist City, of course, and after
Charles II's narrow escape from the battle of Worcester (1651) it became
known as "The Faithful City".

The seventh of same founder and date is inscribed "GOD SAVE THE KING". I
wonder why he didn't include the Queen!? (She died in 1694.)

Such inscription is fairly commonplace on 18th century bells. Not so sure
about 17th century bells, except, perhaps, after the Restoration.

Of particular interest is the 7th at Droitwich, St Andrew, also inscribed as
above. It was cast in 1645 by John Martin, of Worcester, during the Civil
War and at a time when, according to Walters (Church Bells of
Worcestershire) "..there being hardly another existing bell in England cast
in that year."

David Beacham

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> When Toby Norris of Stamford cast the tenor for All Saints Church
> be included the Royal Arms in the inscription. Presumably he realised
> that this way of expressing his Royalist sympathies would be hidden from
> view once the bell was hung in the tower!! Does anyone know of similar
> instances?
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