[Bell Historians] Latin translations

Anne Willis zen16073 at ...
Wed Aug 17 14:50:36 BST 2005

It's hardly unknown for inscriptions on bells to contain errors - 
particularly as many earlier founders were illiterate or at best 


Can we really call them errors, given the flexibility of spelling until the
mid-19th century? And even beyond; Bradford ringers' accounts were
'axamined' in the first years of the 20th century.

I suspect, as in the example above, a lot of spelling is phonetic; certainly
that seems to be the case in churchwardens' accounts. 

Something like 'Prayse the lord' may more attributable to the exchangeable
use of i and y than any phonetics. 



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