[Bell Historians] Heathcote bell

Roderic Bickerton rodbic at qPMxhpGPz-D4YiALdBkOtK37WGDqTbgyEUeQGJ9Bm9P3TwiZBXks6fTS2pTZBQRTSLOPpPJbRxpqKVEKZA.yahoo.invalid
Sat Mar 26 13:18:12 GMT 2011

Did the R C church have a problem with using the 
more common bell founders, because they served 
the protestant church?

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--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "Nick 
Bowden" <nickwbowden at ...> wrote:
> I would say 11 cwt. A very interesting find.
> Nick

Indeed a very interesting find.

A few months earlier, John Greenhough discovered 
an unhung bell cast in 1828, at Chipping (Lancs) 
RC. Off list discussion has suggested that the 
Chipping bell (one of two unhung bells) may have 
been cast in Wigan.

I turned up an unhung bell at Brindle, RC Church 
at the same time-also cast in 1828. This one is 
cast in brass and is 15" diameter.

The interesting thing about the Brindle bell, is 
that it was cast by J Lindsay & Co, Canal 
Foundry, Preston, Lancs. That Foundry appears to 
be trading under the name of Stevenson & Co by 
the 1830s.

There is a bronze bell from the Canal foundry 
(also found by John), at Withnell, Lancs. 
Stevenson & Co cast two bronze bells in 1835 as 
replacements for a ring which was at Leyland, St 

Gillett and Johnston recast that ring in 1929. 
But the fact that the Stevenson & co bells at 
Leyland were in existance for over ninety years 
is remarkable. It would take a lot of effort in 
the 1800's for a company who didn't cast bells 
as part of a ring/chime as part of thier normal 
business, to cast two bells as part of a ring.

There is/was a bell from the Canal Foundry up in 
Rothesy, Scotland, I understand.

But I wonder how many bells there are in 
existance cast by that foundry, and how many 
were cast in bronze? It could be that the 
foundry only cast bells when asked to, in 
addition to their main business, or that they 
tried unsuccesfully, to break into the market as 



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