[Bell Historians] Bell Hanger, Chepstow.

Peter Trotman ptrotman at Pe5MU9CTS7bCj7unysX6zb3Fz-MCXuMfgDlRFmjGGKf_R3cLG4hDEuznT1IMP6gwflBeImhKvG-1ye2mrQ.yahoo.invalid
Tue Apr 22 20:29:50 BST 2008

I've no idea whether the term "bell-hanger" was used historically in
the UK but I'm grateful that you brought this up. Some years ago I
purchased from a hardware store in Connecticut a "bell-hanger's bit",
a 3/8" spade bit with a shank a little over a foot long, in order to
run some speaker cables between floors. The origin of the name never
dawned on me.

Unfortunately 3/8" isn't large enough for today's equivalent --
running Ethernet cables!

Peter Trotman.

On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 11:19 AM, Carl S Zimmerman <csz_stl at n6O2eO2rXdNNM1V8TYqaS1As3wvKiwQfs1xfVKPTzKdzKsB483W3BR1sMeYAE1BSg4k7k4qBYLifvQ.yahoo.invalid> wrote:
> At 11:50 +0100 08/04/21, John Paul Adams wrote:
>  >The history panel says that number 9 was occupied from 1851 until 1889 by
>  >Richard Hawkesford, an "ironmonger, bell hanger and nailer." This is where
>  >the pub gets its name from.
>  _____
>  At that period of American history, the term "bell hanger" was far
>  more likely to refer to a person who installed household call bells -
>  the kind where wires run within the walls of a big house, from bell
>  pulls in the important rooms to a rack of spring-mounted small bells
>  in the servant's quarters. Did such a usage of the term ever occur
>  in England?


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