[Bell Historians] Fire bells

LOVE, Dickon dickon.love at a...
Wed Aug 11 16:22:06 BST 2004


> does anywhere apart from Sherborne Abbey have a dedicated fire bell?

Fire bells have certainly been cast specifically for the purpose. An example
is a small 1931 Gillett & Johnston bell (quoted in the books as 0-0-29½ in
B) in Beckenham High Street that used to hang in a small turret on the Fire
Station. The tower was weakened in the wartime bombing of 1944 (I discovered
today that Penge, a mile away, was the most bombed town in the country) so
was dismantled and the bell sent to the local Kelsey Park to toll closing
time. I suspect the 1931 bell replaced an earlier one.

Walderslade in Kent also had a 0-0-21½ G&J bell cast in 1936


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