[Bell Historians] Flat crowns

Susan Dalton dalton.family at v...
Mon Jan 12 17:59:07 GMT 2004

The Whitechapel bells at Petham were cast with "ugly Doncaster heads" (I 
don't personally find them particularly ugly) as late as 1923.

Warners stopped canons altogether as part of their 1910 revolution. But
they cast some bells, both in rings and otherwise, flat-topped earlier, e.g.
Bryanston tenor in 1898 and a bell formerly in the ring at Harston, Leics.,
as early as 1873. GAD will confirm, but I think this latter bell might have
been cast with canons only to have them removed because of shortage of space
in the belfry.


>> Subject : Re: [Bell Historians] Flat crowns
>> I am sure that this subject has been raised before but I would be grateful
>> if someone could tell me when bells were first cast with flat crowns, WBF,
>> Taylor and Warner bells in particular and did it apply to all sizes of bell?
> Taylor's started casting the back bells of rings (usually the tenor of six,
> back two or three of 8, and back three or four of ten or 12) with flat
> crowns and the rest with canons in the late 1860s / 1870s. In the mid-1890s
> canons disappeared altogether.
> Whitechapel and Warner's were later - early decades of C20. From the latter
> decades of the C19 up until then the tended to use ugly Doncaster Heads.
> David

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