[Bell Historians] medieval bell pit

Richard Offen richard.offen at e315PAl7U2PCSu6ltOEFKLw0MeHpfVgeo6mVL9sQ2yOV9J5anThAvkWp1Ct4j-LHSCbsjYfZirnrvImVKNnV_B0PZDnq.yahoo.invalid
Tue Jan 19 12:42:13 GMT 2010

I have not come across any references to bell moulds being placed above
ground during the casting process.   This is quite simply because doing so
would have required some sort of ladle and lifting tackle to transfer the
metal from the furnace into the bell mould.   Much easier to tap the furnace
and allow the metal to run along a channel into the head of a mould that has
been buried .also much less risk of a mould exploding when surrounded by
compacted earth.


It all sounds highly improbable to me!





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Anyone else wondering if this really is a bell casting pit? I'd be
interested in the views of someone who knows more about the practicalities
(and history of founding technology) than I do



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