[Bell Historians] Re: Old rings of 12

Richard Smith richard at ...
Wed Jun 1 11:33:54 BST 2005

On Dickon's webpage for Barts,


there's an entry for 1539 saying,

> The priory was dissolved by Henry VIII. The nave was
> demolished and the monastic buildings were passed to Sir
> Richard Rich. It is said that 6 bells were passed to St
> Sepulchre's. It is possible therefore that this church
> could have had as many as 12 bells in the central tower,
> making it the earliest known 12 bell tower in the land.

And the corresponding entry for Seps reads,

> On surrender of the Priory of St Bartholomew to the Crown,
> 6 of the 11 bells of the Priory were sold to St
> Sepulchre's. (The remaining 5 are still at St Bartholomew
> the Great.) All 11 were probably cast by Thomas Bullisdon
> about 1510.

Is anything further known about the pre-reformation ring at
Barts? For example, is it generally believed that there may
have been a ring of twelve there?



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