[Bell Historians] Re: Canon-retaining headstocks

David Bryant david at b...
Mon May 24 08:23:20 BST 2004

> If Chris and I are thinking of the same ones, they were of riveted 
> plate steel and of a fairly similar shape to their current cast-iron 
> ones. 

There's one of those in the foundry museum - I wasn't sure whether this was what was meant.

> Taylors also hung some bells on a variation of their standard iron 
> headstock. The picutre of Brockworth treble, in Church Bells of 
> Gloucestershire (page 169),has always amazed me. Quite why the bell 
> bolts don't bend when it's rung, I don't know!

York St John (ring of six) also have them, along with the ring of two at All Saints North Street, York. They used them quite a lot before the hoop type came into use.

The Whitechapel ones are similar. In some cases the bells are suspended by ironwork through their canons, but certainly some have long unsupported bolts. The tenor at St George Cplegate, Norwich, springs to mind.


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