[Bell Historians] Wilsford

Neil Skelton neil.tcct at v...
Mon Sep 22 12:11:26 BST 2003


You are confusing Wilsford St Nicholas (Pewsey) with Wilsford St Michael
(Amesbury) Wiltshire. Having checked Dave Kelly's e mail, I see that he too
has confused the dedications, although has the original number of bells (5)
at Wilsford St Nicholas correct. We
have been in correspondence on this photograph before!

I comment on the photograph as follows:

The two bells in the foreground came from North Wootton, Dorset. Apparently
14th.c and by John Barber of Salisbury. These are now in the Salisbury
Museum which bought them, in 1974, for £40! This, I remember, was commented
on in the Salisbury Diocesan Newspaper as 'going for dong'.

The two larger bells came from Wilsford, near Amesbury, Wilts. The treble of
the former ring of three is by Wallis of Salisbury 1585 and the tenor,
probably by Thomas Warre of Salisbury. It bears the date 1572. Again, both
these bells are now in Salisbury Museum. I believe these were sold for £250.

The photograph was taken in about 1976. It was some years later that the
bells found their way to the Museum which has another Wallis bell (ex
Tidcombe, Wilts) and, more recently, a Clement Tosier ex East Stoke, Dorset
which, previously, had been on my garage floor.

Neil Skelton.
----- Original Message -----
From: "A Willis" <zen16073 at z...>
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Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 11:31 AM
Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] Wilsford

> Attached is a picture of 4 bells in the cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral,
> some or all of which came from Wilsford near Salisbury. The original is
> St James Trowbridge and wrongly attributes the bells to Westwood.
> Anne Willis
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