[Bell Historians] Subject: Re: Request for info: women in bellfounding

Peter Dyson pete at thedysons.net
Mon Apr 5 11:40:25 BST 2021


Gloucester - Christiana la Belyutare (daughter of Hugh the Bellfounder)
1303-04 - CB Gloucestershire p32

Worcester - Agnes le Bellyeter (or le Seynter) (wife of Simon le Bellyeter)
1274-75 - CB Herefordshire p747. Also article in RW 4 July 2014.

Hope this helps.

Pete Dyson

On Sun, 4 Apr 2021 at 00:28, Richard Smith <richard at ex-parrot.com> wrote:

> Jonathan Dickenson via Bell-historians wrote:
> > I believe the Tenor at Basildon, Essex claims to be the
> > first bell to be cast by a woman.
> This claim was made on the front cover article of The
> Ringing World, 20 June 1997 (p 625).  A month late (p 724),
> John Eisel disputed it:
>    "[A] number of bells cast during [Johanna Hill's] time in
>    control survive.  I think that it would be difficult to
>    substantitate that the bell to be hung at Basildon was the
>    first of those bells.  Even if it was, it cannot be the
>    first bell cast by a woman bell-founder, for there was one
>    such at Worcester in the 13th century and another at
>    Gloucester in the early 14th century."
> I cannot work out which bells at Worcester and Gloucester
> John is referring to.  I can't immediately see anything in
> Dove, or George Dawson's NBR spreadsheets, or Bliss and
> Sharpe's /Church Bells of Gloucestershire/, or Walters'
> /Church Bells of Worcestershire/.  I would be interested to
> know the answer if anyone can work out which bells he was
> meaning.
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