Church bell from Che­sham Bois

Amer­sham Mu­seum

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES - AN­THONY DEL Mu­seum vol­un­teer

Amer­sham Mu­seum.

It was orig­i­nally cast by Ke­byll of Lon­don some­time be­tween 1460 and 1480 and is thus over 500 years ago.

It was even­tu­ally re­moved from the church’s bell tower many years ago be­cause it had poor tone.

It was re­placed by a tenor bell which was pre­sented to the church by Colonel Han­bury Spar­row in mem­ory of two chil­dren killed by bombs dur­ing the War.

The grave of the younger child is in the east side of the church­yard: the el­der died in Dres­den.

In me­dieval times, cathe­drals usu­ally had five bells while most churches only had two.

In fact, St Leonard’s has three bells.

The tenor bell is the largest and heav­i­est bell in the tower and

Sec­ond World sounds the low­est note.

Be­cause of its weight, it proved very dif­fi­cult to move into the mu­seum build­ing.

TUFO,

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