A wake for the bells?

La Greenall eldeworth at d83NTDg7h_by10WpmiwVRsxzgt4yKZ0srEUK3xb_XY0Ml8OWIW7yqEx81gFz2E1YCSgU3s_MunL2v-26WnQ.yahoo.invalid
Thu Jul 20 15:48:10 BST 2006

Hi all.

Can anyone throw some light on what this entry, found in churchwardens'
accounts of 1656 just after the installation of a new set of bells,

"Itt paid for writting the first wake for the bells - 1/-."

The spelling here is exactly as in the original entry. If "writting"
means 'writing' then could this refer to a special change or even peal
being commissioned to be rung on the new bells?

The bells were installed in the parish church of Waltham Abbey, Essex.

Any comments very welcome!

Regards, Lawrence.


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