[Bell Historians] Cowper Congregational Chapel in Dereham

Mike Chester mikechester at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 26 15:06:11 BST 2021

Pendulum is by Paine of London 1833. Clock he does not say who it is by. Wayne Francis speculates that the chime barrel might be by Ayres.


From: c.j.pickford at talk21.com <c.j.pickford at talk21.com>
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Subject: Cowper Congregational Chapel in Dereham

No reaction to this by the look of it. Would be interested to see Paul’s photos and posting.

Definitely not Gillett & Johnston or Taylor, and the church itself is later than the bell – built in 1873-4, but there is also an older chapel of c.1815 in London Road which became a school after the 1870s church was opened. Perhaps the 1832 bell came from there, but it has no turret (and doesn’t look like the sort of building that would have had one). I’ve looked at a couple of 1874 press reports of the opening with descriptions of the building, but no mention of clock or chimes (one did refer to “when the tower and spire are completed” so it might be slightly later).

Did Paul say anything about the clock in the tower?

Chris Pickford

Kinver (UK)

Tel: 07811-453525

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From: Bell-historians <bell-historians-bounces at lists.ringingworld.co.uk> On Behalf Of Mike Chester
Sent: 22 September 2021 15:23
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Subject: [Bell Historians] Cowper Congregational Chapel in Dereham

Paul Cubbitt posted some photos of the belfry here on Facebook yesterday. There is a chiming barrel (literally the barrel) in the tower and one bell of 1832. There are clear signs that there were once several more bells in the tower.  I do not have any details of them for my list. Can anyone supply details of this former chime?

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