Analysis of Bell-Casting Debris from St. Peter’s Church, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire

Author(s): David Dungworth, P Maclean

22 kg of bell-mould and other metal working debris from the medieval church were examined. This indicates the casting of at least two bells: one in phase 4 (12-13th century) and one in phase 7 (14-15th century). None of the archaeological evidence for bell-founding can be linked directly to the known inscriptions on bells from St Peter’s. Samples of casting debris had high tin contents typical for the manufacture of bells. Some lead-rich waste relates to a period of construction (possibly in the 13th century). Large quantities of undiagnostic fired clay were also examined. Much of this was found outside the church in areas with no other metalworking debris. This material was probably not connected with any industrial process.

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CfA Reports
Metal Working-non Fe


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