Alfred Barrett

CHRIS PICKFORD c.j.pickford.t21 at b...
Tue Aug 3 05:29:39 BST 2004

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In answer to DLC's query on Barrett, I can add a little:=20
According to Graham Pledger's thesis on bellframes in Rochester Diocese, th=
e single bell at Holy Trinity, Mark Beech, in Kent, is by Barrett & Osborne=
1852. I have a note that Barrett was in partnership with C.S. Osborne in =
1853, and that Osborne later took over the business on his own - probably l=
ater in 1853. There is another bell at Cuminestown Episcopal Church, Aberde=
enshire, by Alfred Barrett and C.S. Osborne 1853.

Bells by Osborne are noted at:
Thundridge, Herts: Single bell by Osborne Founder Bishopsgate London 1853=
Bengeo, Herts: Former bell by C.S. Osborne Founder Bishopsgate London 185=
4 (18") - scrapped 1882
Fosbury, Wilts: One bell by C. Osborne London 1856 (22.25") and another w=
ith the name of Carter, Cornhill, 1856 - Carter being the maker of the cloc=
Fintray, Aberdeen: Bell in stables by C.S. Osborne 1858

There is an advertisement for the Bishopsgate Bell & Brass Foundry, Skinner=
Street, Bishopsgate, London in Kelly's Directory for 1854 p.28. It is for =
"C.S. Osborne, (Late Barrett & Osborne,) Church, Clock, Turret, and Musical=
Bell Founder; manufacturer of superior ship, hand and house bells; sold li=
censee in London for Stirling's patent gun metal, which is so extensively &=
successfully applied to railway carriage and waggon bearings, mill brasses=
and machinery in general. All kinds of brass castings executed"

Chas. Stanley Osborne, bell & brass founder, Skinner Street, Bishopsgate al=
so appears in the Post Office Directory for 1857 (p.731) and in later direc=
tories at this address to 1870. In 1871 he appears at 9 Gt. Garden St, Whit=
echapel, as a brass founder - bells aren't mentioned. He is listed there un=
til at least 1875.

The other notable "lesser foundry" in London was Bowen's of the Phoenix Chu=
rch Bell Foundry, Dorrington Street, Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell, active fr=
om about 1846 to 1859

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