The Church Bells of Cambridgeshire

The Church Bells of Cambridgeshire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... the Darbies ('Michael and John), who seem to have been brothers. I am told that they originally came from Kelsale, near Saxmundham, Suffolk, but they were both "founders-errant," though of very distinct characters. Michael was a rolling stone that gathered no moss, while John's travels were confined to East Anglia. Michael's wretched bells are to be found in many districts, for one specimen of his casting appears to have been enough for a neighbourhood. His only Cambridgeshire performance is the little peal at Whaddon, in 1671, in which year he also cast the treble at Stanstead Mountfitchet, Essex. I find him at Eynesford, Kent., in 1651; at Boxley, Kent, in 1652; at Mileham and Feltwell, Norfolk, in 1661; and Anthony a Wood's testimony as to his Oxford knaveries in 1657 is recorded in Mr. Lukis's work. John Darbie began casting about the Eestoration, and the latest date I have of him is that on the Isleham tenor, a magnificent bell, said to weigh 25 cwt., cast in 1680. There are only seven other bells of his in the county, a good peal at Quy, cast in 1670, and the treble at Trumpington, and second at Grantchester, cast in 16 7 7. Christopher Graye's foundry outlasted the Darbies, his last work being the S. Michael's peal, Cambridge. The authorities of this parish had three bells cast in 1625, as we have seen, and in 1682 they paid "for 3 bellropes, 00 07 06," besides a crown-piece, "Given Joh: Eedgrave for ringing y" nine a clock bell," but when the parish meets on the 4th of July, 1683, they resolve to have four, casting two (with additional metal) into three, and keeping the old tenor. And having got a legacy of more than 16 from one John Pindar, they decree as follows: --"It is agreed by the...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236632656
  • 9781236632654