[Bell Historians] Re: Bells in non-Christian places of worship

David Cawley davidl.cawley at NxriooA69XKP6g-tud0BG185jheEeIuzmTWDEkbBDyA_JFh5ofAWySQzdDECSrNlNebnLkkA-D_Pt4QWYpwTsBzjdtJaeg.yahoo.invalid
Mon Mar 29 11:44:31 BST 2010

Given that the Church of England does not normally sell its redundant placves of worship to non-Christian bodies, and that the majority of church bells are to be found in CofE churches, the likelihood of any bells having been acquired that way is slim.
I don't have my old Whitechapel catalogues to hand, but I have some recollection that Mears cast a (?clock) chime in the 19th century for a mosque in Calcutta, and it is listed in the pre-1920 catalogues.
I gather that he Hindus who bought the West Croydon Congregational Church did not want the earlyish Gillett chime of eight bells, so the Trustees sold them as scrap.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Hope 
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 10:10 AM
  Subject: [Bell Historians] Re: Bells in non-Christian places of worship

  The Buddhists, and earlier religions, have a very long tradition of gongs and bells.


  --- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "Peter Rivet" <peter at ...> wrote:
  > I was looking into buildings designed by David Mocatta, who was responsible
  > for Brighton Station and a number of other structures on the London to
  > Brighton railway, and came across this:
  > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montefiore_Synagogue
  > From this you will see that it has - unusually for a synagogue - a chiming
  > clock.
  > Does anyone know anything about the bell or bells supplied to go with it?
  > For an 1833 building designed by an architect with London connections
  > (Mocatta was a pupil of Nash) I would expect something from Whitechapel, but
  > it would be interesting to know.
  > Peter Rivet

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