[Bell Historians] Re: Bell numbering in the early 16th century

Andrew Aspland aaspland at 88UcyJJq-_EzbHr4EXsYAm8u_in8pilJSx6w9GC6zF_wRzLj0JUmOHu3-0SHeysbi6HCbCM4HLSxkrNx9_w.yahoo.invalid
Mon Sep 24 09:30:13 BST 2012

Bell numbering was still not an exact science in the nineteenth century.  Church Bells of the West Riding (published in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal) has several examples where the numbered order of the inscriptions does not match the numbering of the bells when I have been to inspect.  I think in many cases the inscriptions were recorded by a third party who may just have started near the door and worked their way round.  Diameters, when given, are in order. 
There is an example of a four which were augmented to six during the time of the writing of the articles.  In which the two additional (treble) bells of unrecorded diameter are numbered 5 and 6.  This would have given the West Riding its heaviest six by quite a margin.
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