Traditionally all bell founders dug a pit and buried their bell moulds before casting – this was primarily to protect themselves from the molten metal when casting should the bell case split.
With the introduction of much stronger cast iron bell copes in the mid 19th century the risk of the cases splitting was virtually eliminated, but at Taylor’s our craftsmen still continue the tradition.
We firmly believe that a bell cast underground that cools slowly over a period of many days has a different molecular structure, and this allows it to “sing”.
Digging the pit involves hard work but we think the end result is worth it. Our photo shows the casting of a one ton bell on 30th October.