[Bell Historians] Somerser founders

David Bryant david at b...
Sat Aug 21 06:30:41 BST 2004

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Cawley" <dcawley at w...>
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Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 12:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Somerser founders

Slightly off topic of course, but quite a few of L&J's early larger bells
were cast by JT&Co - up to 1872; in Somerset, among others, Charlynch tenor
2' 11 3/4" 7-1-19 17/4/1863 plus fittings; East Harptree tenor 3' 8 5/8"
14-0-18 25/6/1863; Luxborough treble 2' 4 3/8" 4.1.20 22/4/1864 plus
clapper; 3 2' 6 1/8" 4.2.19; 4 2' 10 1/4" 6.1.12; tenor 3' 2 3/8" 8.2.7
8/8/1863. Bristol, St James treble in 10, 1866.
And of course, C&G Mears cast a number of bells for Peter Llewellin. As to
the Great Bucket (or has someone recast it ?) at Yeovilton, I've no idea.
The reasons David gives are attractive ones unless there is evidence to the

----- Original Message -----
From: David Bryant
To: Bell Historians
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 11:33 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Somerser founders

> When was the last bell cast in Somerset (Prior to the Bowditch Foundry
> 1989)?

Also of course, there is the (1870s?) tenor at Yeovilton which claims in
inscription that it was cast by Petter of Yeovil (engineers - they still
exist and make diesel engines). It is one of a group of bells bearing
several 'founder's' names, including L&J who probably did not cast some of
their early bells. So far as I am aware, nobody knows who cast these
Some of them at least have radial canons. It is worth noting that Petter's
would probably have had the furnace capacity for casting fairly sizeable
bells, althouhg I believe it is considered unlikely that they did. CD will
know more about these bells I'm sure.


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