Reply To: Stolen Bells
I had a look at my books and did a little research. This little quote may be of interest:
The Guinness book of Records states: “The oldest tower bell in Great Britain is one of 50kg (1cwt) at St Botolph, Hardham, Sussex, still in use and dated AD 1100. The oldest inscribed bell is the Gargate bell at Caversfield church, Oxfordshire and is dated c1200-1210. The oldest dated bell in England is one hanging in Lisset church near Bridlington, East Yorkshire bearing the date MCCLIIII (1254)”
I would imagine that these would all be made from bronze or bell metal although the actual proportions of copper and tin may have varied. Bellfounding in Britain had monastic origins before passing into the hands of independent craftsmen who set up small permanent foundries.