[Bell Historians] Minterne Magna

Mike Chester mikechester at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 21 09:11:07 BST 2022

Thanks, Chris. Correspondent is aware of Chris Dalton's work and appreciates its significance.


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Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Minterne Magna

The 1894 date is based on a deduction made by me when researching tubular bells. I haven’t found any definite information, but Kelly’s Directory for 1915 (p.315) mentions that the tower was restored and heightened in 1894. The tubular bells were probably installed then.

There is no date for them in Christopher Dalton’s The Bells and Belfries of Dorset, Part II (2001) pp.471-2, but he does give a detailed account of the two surviving C16 bells and the tower, which was built in 1799-1801.

The Dorset books are still in print – and available from me (please email me offline for details) – but I can scan the relevant pages for Mike’s enquirer if required. Dalton’s original notes and rubbings are at the John Taylor Bellfoundry Archives at Loughborough EXCEPT for the Dorset material, which he wanted to go to the Dorset History Centre.

Chris Pickford
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