[Bell Historians] Bell theft - Bremilham, Wilts

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford.t21 at btinternet.com
Fri Mar 13 10:54:22 GMT 2020

Just to alert everyone to a recent bell theft in Wiltshire:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51719738?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2636389-swindon/0 <https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51719738?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2636389-swindon/0&link_location=live-reporting-story> &link_location=live-reporting-story


Details of the bell from Christopher Dalton’s unpublished “Wiltshire” manuscript – yes, finishing it is still one of the rather too many jobs on my desk (offers of help with word-processing / formatting for publication would be VERY welcome!) – indicate that the actual size (diameter at the mouth) is 23.75” (60cm). The weight is about 3 cwt (closer to 150kg for the bell – and, say, 170kg with its fittings). The article says 16 stone. Here are the inscription details from Christopher’s survey


MRS  IVDITH  AYLIFFE  BENEFACTOR  (fragment of foliage trail border 1)  A (bell) R  1729

This bell was cast by Abraham Rudhall II of Gloucester


Chris Pickford

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