[Bell Historians] Access to a long-waisted bell for an experiment

c.j.pickford at talk21.com c.j.pickford at talk21.com
Wed Jul 27 22:06:12 BST 2022

It’s ex-Werrington, Northants – here’s a photo


Chris Pickford

Kinver (UK)

Tel: 07811-453525

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We have one in the Foundry Museum and as ever you are welcome to whatever you need. 

Get in touch? 



On Mon, 25 Jul 2022, 20:54 , <bill at hibberts.co.uk <mailto:bill at hibberts.co.uk> > wrote:

I would like to get access to a long-waisted bell to take some measurements and recordings. I am hoping that a list member may know of a bell I could use for this experiment, or know of someone else who could help.


If there is any doubt, by long-waisted I mean a bell that looks like one of the pictures here: https://www.hibberts.co.uk/long-waisted-bells/ . Suitable bells are likely to date from the 1100s or 1200s. The purpose of the investigation is to confirm the naming of partials for this type of bell. I believe that the main partials in these bells are in a different frequency order than those in a modern-shaped bell. I would like to confirm this by testing an example.


The experiment involves marking up the rim of the bell with chalk, and then taking recordings while striking the bell at multiple points around the rim. This means that safe access is needed all round the bell – for example, a bell in a turret is unlikely to be suitable.


For those who are interested in the detail, a similar experiment conducted on a bell of conventional shape is described here: https://www.hibberts.co.uk/identifying-bell-partials/.


I realise this is quite a cheeky request, I am hoping that local knowledge from list members will avoid me having to email dozens of tower correspondents and churchwardens in the search for a suitable candidate.


Please reply to bill at hibberts.co.uk <mailto:bill at hibberts.co.uk>  rather than the list, and thanks in advance for any help you can give me.




Bill H




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