[Bell Historians] Re: Ash stays

Anne Willis zen16073 at z...
Wed May 19 11:27:49 BST 2004

According to Trevor Jennings' book, The Development of British Bell
Fittings, the first recorded stays seem to date from the second half
of the seventeenth century. He mentions an entry in the
Churchwarden's Accounts for Aston, dated 1678, Milton Abbas, 1666,
amongst others.

There's records of stays or back spurs' for Chippenham and Marlborough in
the 1620's and 30's.

Farndon, Notts, had lovely curved stays before they were rehung. The Newark
Advertiser took some excellent photos of the ring when the restoation was

Anne Willis

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