[Bell Historians] Council for the Conservation of Bellfoundries (CCB)
richard.offen at o...
Wed Apr 28 12:44:14 BST 2004
> I don't have concrete evidence of this, but I would think that the
practice of casting near the church is likely to have endured longer
in hilly areas where moving bells would be very difficult. Even in
1922, Taylor's rehung the tenor at the remote dales village of
Arncliffe in situ, fitting it with cast iron headstock. This is
contrary to their usual practice of taking bells to Loughborough for
refitting, and I would assume this is because transporting the bell
(which weighs about 15 cwt) would have been difficult even then.
I would think that rehanging a bell in situ, rather than taking it to
the foundry, has more to do with the lack of, or inaccessibility of,
trapways in the tower rather than problems of transport outside the
tower. This sort of work still goes on to this day where getting a
bell out would involve dismantling a whole ring, or cutting trapways
in floors, etc.
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