RE: [Bell Historians] medieval bell pit
dickon at MnW-i-xLZ03eqsO4GUwPV7YfivLyrcXLpBXc3-iWhABQECtg8R3cfi2qpMh1Vt17q4_vBagpjvLDsPYo0A.yahoo.invalid
Tue Jan 19 14:04:28 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 is hard to make out the picture, but I don't think the suggestion is that the bell is in a mould above ground. They call it a bell pit which implies that the mould was below ground.
Does seem odd to me that they would have a highly flammable process going on inside a church. I am interested in Hazel's Pluckley reference though.
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