In previous centuries bells were always cast underground for reasons of safety. Ramming up earth around the bell mould added to its strength and protected the bell founder from the potential danger of death or serious injury should the bell case split during casting. From the mid 19th century bell moulds have been made inside cast iron copes or casings more or less eliminating this danger, so most founders cast their bells above ground. At Taylor’s we strongly believe that bells that cool slowly buried in the ground have a different molecular structure and ring better so we continue that tradition.
Photo: A bell being dug up several days after casting – it is still hot!