Devon Church Bells

Here’s some more from Cecil Torr’s Small Talk at Wreyland:

“My grandfather told me that this was what they said; and he writes to my father on 10 June 1849: “When I was a little boy, they told me the Lustleigh bells said Crock, Kettle and Pan” There are more bells now, and they says something else – all swear-words, I believe.

He writes him on 26 May 1850:- “The farmers set the church bells ringing, when ***’s man left on Friday.” the man had made himself abnoxious, and they were thankful to be rid of him. Church bells were not very ecclesiastical in those days. My father told me that they rang at every church in Exeter, when Latimer was acquitted, 27 March 1848.

Latimer was the proprietor of the Western Times, and it called the bishop a consecrated “perverter of facts”. He was indicted for libel, and tried at the assizes. Cockburn- afterwards Chief Justice – was a friend of his, and came down (without fee) to defend him; and the Bishop had a very bad time in cross-examination. The judge told the jury plainly that, if they acquitted Latimer, they would brand their bishop as a liar. and they branded him. “


2 thoughts on “Devon Church Bells

    • I am also intrigued as to how they got those names. They don’t sound like the sounds of bells, and they don’t reflect the usual inscriptions such as the names of churchwardens/donors or phrases that were rung across the community.


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