"This thoroughly researched book on church bells cast in Hertfordshire, England, brings to life the men who cast them and includes a nearly exhaustive catalog of their work. It includes biographical details of the founders—from the shadowy figures of John Clarke and John Grene in the late 1500s to John Dier, an excellent worker who was hanged for murder in 1603. Casting techniques of the different periods are explained, maps of the locations of each caster's work are provided, and more than 50 photographs of the relevant churches are included."
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List of Figures
John Clarke II
Seventeenth century bellfounding techniques
List of Waylett bells their history and present condition
John Briant of Hertford
List of bells with notes on their history and present condition
Briants inscriptions clocks and chimes
Robert Oldfields products
brief notes and list of bells
William Whitrnore of Watford
Early life and misfortunes
Eighteenth century and modern bell founding
1/2 cwt Note alphabet augmented bellfounder Bishop’s Stortford BRIANT HERTFORD FECIT Cabourn Cambs Cannons retained cast CB Bucks CB Essex CB Herts Chacombe chimes Church Bells churchwardens client cross crown staple cwt 2 qr cwt Note Diam Diameter 29 Diameter 32 Dier Dodds Essex St Mary ﬁre ﬁrst formerly treble founder foundry H.C. Andrews Hatfield Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire Hitchin Holdfeld hung inscription band IOHN James JOHN BRIANT HERTFORD John Waylett Kent King’s known lb Note lb Note G Leics letters London Mary the Virgin Northants Note F# Old 3rd Old tenor Old treble parish peal probably psychosis psychotic qr 0 lb recorded rehung relapse Richard ring of ﬁve ringer Robert Oldﬁeld Saints schizophrenia St Albans St Andrew St Neots St Nicholas St Peter Stainbank Stanstead Abbots SWAFFHAM PRIOR Taylor tenor tower tuned Turret clock WARDENS Warks Warner Weight 5 cwt Whitechapel worksheet