[Bell Historians] Request for info: women in bellfounding

Neil Skelton neilskelton at ntlworld.com
Sun Apr 4 08:06:08 BST 2021

Following the death in 1679 of the Salisbury Bell Founder Richard Florey, his widow Elizabeth in 1680 entered into an agreement with Clement Tosier, also of Salisbury, to new cast the seventh and tenor bells to be hung in the former detached bell tower at Salisbury Cathedral. Whether she was physically involved with the founding of these two bells is not known, Elizabeth nee Orchard died in October 1680 thus her sojourn in the bell founding business was indeed short. 

Neil Skelton

From: Scott Allan Orr 
Sent: Saturday, April 3, 2021 11:05 AM
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Subject: [Bell Historians] Request for info: women in bellfounding

Hello all,

Prof Tiffany Ng (University of Michigan) and I are running a small project to document and promote early contributions of women to the carillon art (early being interpreted primarily as the first part of the 20th century, but also more broadly to include notable instances outside of this time frame). We welcome any information relevant to women who contributed to bellfounding and related activities, but especially with connections to firms or installations of carillons.

For example, we are already familiar with contributions of Gwendoline Taylor in Loughborough (although this requires more archive work to fully understand), Sidonie and Marie Causard in France (early 20th century), and a successor to a branch of the Hemony foundry being taken on for a short time by a woman relative of one of the brothers.

All my best,


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