Ring­ing the changes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

HENRY Penn (1685 -1729) cast more than 250 bells at his Bridge Street foundry, near Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court.

A canal called ‘Bell Dyke’ ran to the rear of the foundry, join­ing the River Nene, on which many of his bells were floated to their desti­na­tions.

The bells, mainly large and cast in bronze, went to more than 100 build­ings, churches, houses and schools in 13 coun­ties in Eng­land. In 1709 he cast the first ring of 10 bells for Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral.

The largest, weigh­ing one­and-a-half tons, is called ‘The City Bell’ and strikes out the time on the Cathe­dral clock.

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