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Here are the statistics by founder and date, as of 18 August 2019, of my collection of bell recordings.

FounderDate
unknown
Before
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 006565716573941481836
Whitechapel foundries1000000113 052150252376311388951639
Gillett & Co000000000 000031259410331
Rudhall family000000000 2419372360000325
Warner100000000 00002365400291
Bochumer Verein000000000 0000979520140
Naylor-Vickers300000000 0000123000126
Eijsbouts100000000 000000722093
Knight family0000000342 151800000078
Purdue family0000000338 22000000063
Hemony000000000 62000000062
Alfred Bowell000000000 00000620062
Pennington family000000006 86391000060
Bilbie family000000000 018342000054
William Dobson000000000 00054000054
Evans family000000000 126220000049
Oldfield0000001636 5000000048
Petit & Fritsen000000000 000000113445
Llewellins & James100000000 000034100045
Van Aerschodt000000000 00004300043
John Briant000000000 00438000042
Bagley family000000002 281200000042
Eldridge family0000000210 26100000039
Harrison family000000000 001722000039
Graye family0000000013 19000000032
Carr000000000 00002380031
Thomas Osborn000000000 00271000028
Higby or Bowditch000000000 000000101828
Richard Keene000000000 23400000027
Hedderley000000000 02140000025
Schilling000000000 00005118024
Joseph Hatch0000000021 0000000021
Wells family000000000 00118000019
John Darbie000000000 18000000018
Blews000000000 00001600016
Grassmayr100000000 0201018215
Thomas Bayley000000000 00140000014
Thomas Blackbourn000000000 00000110011
Other founders4663264602654147 122126632852863717930
Founder unknown15042523021 10222510182
Totals16610837 66632781319 3744794655011521 154410323347027

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 - 119 of Elphick's Sussex Bells and Belfries. Other founders are similarly grouped.

Bill Hibbert
Great Bookham, Surrey

Last updated August 18, 2019. Site created by Bill Hibbert, Great Bookham, Surrey