Casting Bells Underground

Traditionally bells were cast underground to protect the founder in the event of a pot bell case splitting. After the invention of cast iron bell cases in the mid 19th century this was no longer necessary as the new cases could contain all the forces generated during a cast. However, bells cast above ground cool much more quickly, and we’re sure this affects their molecular structure, so Taylor’s still dig a pit and bury the moulds before casting. When the bells are dug up as long as a week after casting they’re still hot as the photo shows!