[Bell Historians] Dated Bells (15th C)

David Beacham david1.beacham at sPeu9LXsDA-rWYqxX2lx_RJ3S_P0esN3pUAXNinw1lcYf8yRQIw8XU0Ez6yOZGexfm15BUS_19HMQRewZnH63pktJQ.yahoo.invalid
Mon Oct 1 17:03:25 BST 2007

The bell from the former Worcester, St Michael's, on display (among others) in the cloisters at Worcester cathedral is dated 1480. It is a "twin" for the Grimley 1482 bell, the dates in both having been "scratched" in the mould rather than by the use of stamps. See "Church Bells of Worcestershire" (Walters) if you're lucky enough to have a copy!


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: George Dawson 
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 11:37 AM
  Subject: [Bell Historians] Holme Cultram, Cumbria

  The important dated bell from here has arrived at Taylors for restoration, the church having been burnt in 2006.

  It is dated 1462, not 1465 as reported by Walters in CBE etc. The full inscription reads:

  [+] ihc [stop] thomas [stop] york [stop] abbas [stop] de [stop]  holm [stop] cV [stop] dominio [stop] anno dni [stop] millo [diamond stop] cccco [diamond stop] lxiio

  The o's at the end of millo , cccco & lxiio are superscript.
  The diameter is 20.93" & it weighs 1.3.8. The canons have long been removed. The stop and lettering seem to be unique.

  The bell is very important as there are so few dated bells between 1450 & 1500 (this bell, Salhouse, Grimley & Durham castle are the only ones to survive, a few, now recast are known).
  Photographs should be posted on the photos section soon.


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