[Bell Historians] 17th century numbers in bell tower

c.j.pickford at talk21.com c.j.pickford at talk21.com
Fri Jan 28 12:58:55 GMT 2022

I’m not seriously doubting your statement about the clock, Tony, but it would be useful to check the outside of the soundbows to see if there is any sign of clock hammer indentation.


There is no clock at Wilden in Bedfordshire and hasn’t been for a very long time, but the tenor clearly shows the marks of a clock hammer on the soundbow – and I found a stone clock weight in the tower. Research showed that church inventories (glebe terriers) of 1708, 1822 and 1828 all mention “a clock without face” – so there never would have been any obvious sign after the mechanism had been removed. 


Historical evidence comes in all sorts, and it’s not always obvious


Chris Pickford

Kinver (UK)

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