[Bell Historians] Re: Telegraph letter

Richard Offen richard.offen at h9EmXAwifE_K5cLG7FNx1Ds3-fSLd7tJtc-KBYTt7xPkqB0_3NLZSAlWd7h6uokDKSn5Pq1zRFxSRhhLBO-E7QU.yahoo.invalid
Wed Oct 14 14:53:14 BST 2009

Alas Frank, both bell foundries have been making bells other than church
bells throughout their history, but that market isn't as huge as you might
think and even the handbell market has diminished in recent times.


Warners were probably the classic example of founders who cast everything
from church bells to ball-cocks and look what happened to them!





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David Bryant asserts:

> It doesn't take too much analysis to
> work out that the main customer of bell
> founders / hangers is the Church of
> England.

Is this the case? Need this be the case?

Those who read this list are primarily
interested in church bells but bells
abound in numerous other places: ships,
schools and clock-towers for a start.
There is also a market for handbells for

In the season leading up to Christmas, I
note bells (albeit brass) advertised in
several mail-order catalogues.

Viewed dispassionately, a foundry with
the skills to cast church bells should be
able to cast a huge range of non-ferrous

Somewhere out there, there must be a
high-volume market which can be tapped.
It may be ornamental bath taps or bronze
doors or components for the auto-motive

It might even be sets of Lucy-Tuned
handbells. Who knows?

Someone needs to go out and do some
market research and then some hard

Frank H. King
The University Bellringer
Cambridge, U.K.

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