[Bell Historians] Stay/slider arrangements

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Tue May 4 12:26:21 BST 2004

Yes, indeed, David. I had completely forgotten these. There is a most interesting example at DAVINGTON PRIORY Kent (3, 2-0-12), all by JT&Son, 1856, in a cast-iron frame, fishtail clappers, and these sliding blocks as described by David. There are some fairly basic sketches of them on the relevant page, http://kent.lovesguide.com/davington.htm

What others have referred to by G&J as having a block or rolling ball in a cage with a fixed dingler on the stay is what FS used to refer to as a "Jockey" stay. I don't know if G&J ever formally used this term. There is, or was, a complete set of them at St Mary Cray, Kent (1913), described on Dickon's site.

Alan asks, "Are there any of these still in existence?" Taking him to mean MHM's rolling pin sliders, the ring of six at Winterton (now in poor order) and the legendary ring of eight at Thorpe St Andrew Episcopi retain them; I believe that the back four at Surlingham retained them at the E&S restoration. 

There are still a fair number of latchet stays and sliders around, usually on older installations. The largest complete set I saw (I think) is at St Barnabas, Pimlico.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: David Bryant 
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2004 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Stay/slider arrangements

Ordinary stay, sliding block on a track - didn't Taylor's use some of these
in the early 1890s?


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