[Bell Historians] Alphabet bells

John Arthur john.eborbells at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 11:39:53 BST 2023

The Latin Alphabet does not have all the letters we have. 23 letters and
not ur 26.  In medieval times the letter I was differentiated into I and J
and V into U, V, and W

John Arthur

On Thu, 10 Aug 2023 at 11:24, <peter at plrivet.plus.com> wrote:

> 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
> *From:* Bell-historians <bell-historians-bounces at lists.ringingworld.co.uk>
> *On Behalf Of *Ronald East via Bell-historians
> *Sent:* Thursday, August 10, 2023 8:22 AM
> *To:* Bell Historians <bell-historians at lists.ringingworld.co.uk>
> *Cc:* Ronald East <ronald.east at btinternet.com>
> *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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