[Bell Historians] old bells

George Dawson george at kj68or8rG0j7jbSsPG0_Sq2ZpH_t220brsmgLiQqxUed3kqxIZYVSzA3-kUI7qZvNd6qWbroo5-LocN2w5J9fwZHvV-NtKs.yahoo.invalid
Sun Jul 25 20:48:56 BST 2010


The oldest dated bell in the UK is at Lissett, East Riding of Yorkshire.

The oldest inscribed bell is  probably the disused bell ex Roxby, North
Riding of Yorkshire, which I believe is now in York Minster.


The oldest existing (blank) bell is open to debate, but read Elphicks The
Craft of the Bellfounder which suggests Hardham , Sussex treble may be a


There are various saints 'handbells' which are pre-Conquest.






--- On Mon, 5/7/10, nitramwe <edwardwmartin@ gmail.com> wrote:

What exactly is the oldest church bell in the British Isles - date and
whereabouts? This must have been asked before but I cannot find it


Eddie Martin

I think Fred Sharpe found one in Herefordshire but I can't put my hand on
the book at the moment .

The clock bell at Sonning is 1280 approx. That isn't the oldest . Work back
from there perhaps ?


See Fred Sha rpe Church Bells of Herefordshire page 346 - 353 for details of
the Marden handbell dating from 7th or 8th Century.



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