[Bell Historians] Temporary local foundries

Richard Offen richard.offen at o...
Tue Apr 27 23:58:56 BST 2004

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "A Willis" <zen16073 at z...> 
> Briant of Hertford had his foundry adjacent the Lea Navigation and 
his bells
> turn up all over the place wherever there is water. Honolulu being 
> excellent example!
> Andrew
> Yes, but the interesting thing about those bells is that they were
> originally in Shrewsbury. How did Briant get the contract, and not 
> (a great user of the Severn as a means of transport)

Customer choice? Perhaps one of the local ringers had rung on some 
Briant bells on a visit to the home counties - was Samuel Lawrence 
from Shifnal still around in the first decade of so of the ninteenth 
century? He visited London and the home counties to ring and might 
have experienced Briant's bells and liked them.

Briant also cast a peal of eight for Condover at the same time.


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