I recently had to work on the church bell at my church and the church was built in the 1800’s. I was interested in finding out some info on the bell and tell the church about the churches history. The information I found on the bell was that it is a -York no.30- and that’s all I could find on the bell. It’s about 3 foot across the bottom of the bell and I’m guessing that it weighs about 600 or 700 pounds – very hard to move by myself but if I could get some information on it I would love to return it to the churches history book thank you .. Brian
Brian: Sounds like it’s yoke (not york) no. 30, cast steel, and a product of C S Bell Co in Hillsboro, Ohio. Are you sure the bell isn’t closer to 30″ diameter at the mouth or perhaps what appears to be 30 on the yoke is actually 36? There are many posts on this forum about the foundry. Just enter “hillsboro” in the search (above right). You can also Google C S Bell Co. Some, but not all, Hillsboro bells had the casting date (example 4-14-98) molded inside. You can check the bell’s interior with a flashlight if it is safely possible. Can you post a photo of the bell?