[Bell Historians] Cities with many early rings

Gareth Davies charollais at gmail.com
Sat Jan 15 17:51:02 GMT 2022

Sorry Richard et al

Less haste, more speed.

I wondered why the map I posted had so many errors. I’ve just realised that it was an early version that I subsequently updated. I was originally going on an inspection of the St Edward’s churchwardens’ accounts (only surviving from 1727) which are ambiguous about how many bells there were until a clear entry in 1809 for the purchase of 6 bellropes.

Of course, as you say, the bell inscriptions make it clear that the 1669 augmentation was to 6, though possibly from 4 to 6, going on the number of bells recorded in 1552.

Even on the revised numbers, Cambridge clearly couldn’t compete with Oxford, of course


> On 15 Jan 2022, at 16:51, Richard Smith <richard at ex-parrot.com> wrote:
> Gareth Davies wrote:
>> Certainly not Cambridge. I reckon the position there in 1660 was as shown in the attached pic which I produced some while ago. There is an error with regard to Holy Trinity which had 4 at the time (I have shown it as 0) and the 2 at St Andrew the Less is not shown. There is some doubt about how the bells at King’s College were rung.
> Ah, now this is very interesting.  You show St Edwards as a five in 1660.  I've never properly researched them, but I had always assumed the work in 1669 was an augmentation from three to six.  Do you know roughly how long they had been a five?
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