[Bell Historians] BBC looks at CCC

David Bryant david at b...
Mon Apr 26 09:07:20 BST 2004

> Really? We have had a long discussion in the past about the number 
> of bell foundries that existed at the beginning of the 20th century 
> that did not exist at the end of it. I suspect that there would be 
> some bellhanging firms in a similar position.

And apart from two they had all disappeared by the middle of the C20. Why? Yes, I know there are individual reasons, but surely the overall one must be that the amount of work available could no longer support so many, coupled with the increasing ease of transporting bells around the country.

The number of firms in the bell trade overall declined up until about the 1970s or 80s, when more began to appear again, with yet more recently. Is there enough work to support them all or will some of them disappear?

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