[Bell Historians] Upcoming talks

PHIL GAY phil.gay at btinternet.com
Sun Apr 18 11:31:31 BST 2021

Hello Chris,

thanks for this. Will watch them.

I'm thinking of writing something for the RW about Richard Smith's 

At one extreme you could say that this is a good examle of a new dataset 
being mined in a not particularly valid way, given that the bells have 
to have survived to be in the sample. Will this become even less valid 
if he looks at individual founders, given that survival may possibly be 
related to quality.

Another point is that by no means all of the output of foundries was for 
churches in this country, which he partially acknowledges in terms of 
his analysis being only for bells in Dove. But equally important  for 
Mears is possibly the Canadian business, and for Warners clock and 
school bells and for Taylors and G&J carillons. A large carillon has as 
many bells as seven or eight change ringing rings.

What do you think?

best wishes,


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Subject: [Bell Historians] Upcoming talks

If anyone is interested, I’m doing three new bell history talks in the 
new month or so.

The first (for the Bedfordshire Association) is next Wednesday at 
7.30pm. It’s “Exploring Bedfordshire belfries with Chris Pickford”. It's 
been advertised on the BACBR website as follows: 
.  The link for singing up is 

The other two haven’t been advertised externally yet, but the dates (and 
hosts) are:

Wednesday 28 April (St Martin’s Guild) – “Brummagem bells – the history 
and work of Blews, Barwell and Carr”

Thursday 20 May (Ely Diocesan Guild) – “The St Neots foundry 1733-1821”, 
looking at the bellfounding and other activities of Joseph Eayre, Islip 
Edmunds, Edward Arnold and Robert Taylor

I’ll post further details of these future talks when they are available

Chris Pickford
Kinver (UK)
Tel: 07811-453525
e-mail: pickford5040 at gmail.com <mailto:pickford5040 at gmail.com>

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