[Bell Historians] Alphabet bells

peter at plrivet.plus.com peter at plrivet.plus.com
Thu Aug 10 11:24:13 BST 2023

My assumption up to now has been that “alphabet bells” are the work of illiterate founders who had inherited a set of letters from their predecessor, but maybe somebody can come up with a better idea.


Peter Rivet


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Subject: [Bell Historians] Alphabet bells


Could anyone please explain why alphabet bells were cast? We have a fine example on display at Carlisle Cathedral cast in c1380 by John de Kirkham. It is only missing the letters U, W and X.

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