temporary foundries

Richard Offen richard.offen at o...
Wed Apr 28 12:39:23 BST 2004

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, khsbelring at a... wrote:
> Another example of a temporary foundry is that set up by 
Christopher Hodson 
> who went to Durham Cathedral in 1693 to supply a new ring of eight 
to replace 
> the unaceptable Bartlet six that were cast in 1631/2. If you visit 
> Cathedral the foundry was on the present site of the giant stone 
>cutting saw. 

Another example of a temporary foundry was that set up by William 
Chapman at Canterbury Cathedral, when Whitechapel recast Great 

When researching the history of this bell, I found invoices for the 
bricks, etc that were needed to build Chapman's furnace in the 
Cathedral Library (a brief mention of this is made in my article on 
the bell, which can be found on Love's Guide to the Church Bells of 
Kent: http://kent.lovesguide.com/articles/noblest_of_bells.htm). 
Fascinatingly, all the bills for the work of recasting and rehanging 
still exist and make entertaining reading!


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