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Here are the statistics by founder and date, as of 16 June 2019, of my collection of bell recordings.

FounderDate
unknown
1251
-1300
1301
-1350
1351
-1400
1401
-1450
1451
-1500
1501
-1550
1551
-1600
1601
-1650
1651
-1700
1701
-1750
1751
-1800
1801
-1850
1851
-1900
1901
-1950
1951
-2000
2001
-2050
Total
Taylor family400000000 005555566553851481808
Whitechapel foundries900000093 052146237369310378951608
Gillett & Co000000000 000031257410329
Rudhall family000000000 2419268360000320
Warner100000000 00002264900276
Bochumer Verein000000000 0000979520140
Naylor-Vickers300000000 0000121000124
Eijsbouts100000000 000000722093
Knight family3000000238 141700000074
Alfred Bowell000000000 00000620062
Purdue family0000000338 21000000062
Pennington family000000006 86391000060
Bilbie family000000000 018342000054
Evans family000000000 125220000048
Petit & Fritsen000000000 000000113445
Llewellins & James100000000 000034100045
Oldfield0000001633 5000000045
Van Aerschodt000000000 00004300043
Bagley family000000002 281100000041
Eldridge family0000000210 26100000039
John Briant000000000 00434000038
Harrison family000000000 001422000036
William Dobson000000000 00033000033
Hemony000000000 32000000032
Carr000000000 00002380031
Graye family0000000012 18000000030
Thomas Osborn000000000 00271000028
Higby or Bowditch000000000 000000101828
Richard Keene000000000 22400000026
Hedderley000000000 02140000025
Schilling000000000 00005118024
Joseph Hatch0000000021 0000000021
John Darbie000000000 18000000018
Wells family000000000 00108000018
Blews000000000 00001600016
Grassmayr100000000 0201018215
Thomas Bayley000000000 00140000014
Thomas Blackbourn000000000 00000110011
Other founders16452561522353140 11511854265086366870
Founder unknown20910422021 10220300229
Totals2485529 63542477304 3334674434581483 153210113236859

The founders listed explicitly are those for which I have around 15 recordings or more. The founders are grouped, so that 'Taylor family' includes all members of the Taylor family and their successors casting at Oxford, Buckland Brewer and Loughborough. 'Whitechapel foundries' includes all founders casting at the Whitechapel sites from Robert Mot in the 1570s to the Whitechapel Bellfoundry until its closure. The list of people founding in Whitechapel was taken from pages 117 - 199 of Elphick's Sussex Bells and Belfries. Other founders are similarly grouped.

Bill Hibbert
Great Bookham, Surrey

Last updated June 16, 2019. Site created by Bill Hibbert, Great Bookham, Surrey