Fw: John Hodson, bell-founder

David Bryant david at b...
Wed Feb 11 08:34:42 GMT 2004

Can anyone help?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julian Bennett" <bennett at b...>
To: <david at b...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 6:59 AM
Subject: John Hodson, bell-founder

> Dear David Bryant,
> In 1977, I excavated a bell foundry at Durham Cathedral constructed and
> used by John Hodson when he cast the bells for Durham Cathedral and at
> least one church in Durham city in 1693-1694. Circumstances have
> prevented me from completing a final report on this project, although my
> sense of guilt on this omission means that I hope to resume work on the
> final draft report (already some 10 years old!) this year. The main
> drawback I have is - as you might expect - that as I live and work in
> Turkey, I lack access to any relevant recently published material on
> 17th century bell-founding in general, but on John Hodson in particular.
> My principal questions to you today, however, is do you know of anyone
> who has recently compiled a catalogue of John Hodson's bells; or who has
> published anything on John Hodson and his family; or of the bells of
> Durham Cathedral? All of my existing information about John Hodson and
> family, and the Durham bells, comes mainly from the works of the late
> 19th and early 20th century antiquarians!
> Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer,
> Julian Bennett, Ph.D., F.S.A.,
> Asst.Professor,
> Dept of Archaeology and Art History,
> Bilkent University,
> Bilkent, Ankara,
> Turkey
> P.S. I found your web-site thanks to an article in today's Guardian!

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