July 12, 2009 at 1:39 am #11172
I hope you can help me with a bell question that I have had for a while. I am the Vice President of the Warrington (Township)Historical Society in Bucks County PA.
We have been in possession of a bell that we were told once hung in the belfry of the school house that we soon plan to restore. The school was built in mainly a farming community in 1858. For a short time the township had two bells in storage. One was said to be the schools, the other from the firehouse. We were given a larger Brass bell, the firehouse was given a smaller (looks to be) Iron bell.
I have included several pictures below of the bells and their markings
a. This is a picture of the school belfry from the 1890s with the bell
b. This is a picture of the school belfry from the 1920s with the bell
c. This is a picture of the bell that we have been told is the school house bell and was once up in the belfry
d. Markings on the bell we have been told is the school house bell
e. Markings on the bell we have been told is the school house bell
f. Markings on the bell we have been told is the school house bell
g. Markings on the bell we have been told is the school house bell
h. This is the bell that I think is ours, but know sits in the fire house
i. Markings on the bell that is at the fire house
j. Markings on the bell that is at the fire house
k. Picture of another school bell in the township. The belfry and the bell seem to match that of what was picture in the 1890s and the 1920s
1) I do not believe the bell we have is the bell that is picture in the old pictures. Do you agree??
2) The bell we have looks to be a railroad bell. Do you agree??
3) the base of the bell we have is not for mounting in a belfry. Do you agree??
3) A Brass bell would have been much too costly for a small farming community (note there were four other schools in the township, only one still has the bell in the belfry pictured below. I am trying to get a closer look at this bell, but it is privately owned). Do you agree??
I believe if get a closer look at the bell that is still currently in its belfry, and the marking match… that the firehouse may have our bell. Any information you may be able to add is greatly needed…
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July 12, 2009 at 10:55 am #14752lucky13Member
Ken: Neither bell is the one in the old school photos. The brass one was originally a locomotive bell. The original steel bell in the early photos was cast by Gould Mfg Co of Seneca Falls, NY. If the building ever stood vacant that bell was probably removed by the owner or by thieves. The steel bell painted black was cast by CS Bell Co of Hillsboro, Oh. Thanks a lot for the photos. Sometimes none are posted with questions.
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