08 December 2008
We've been spending quite a lot of time this weekend at the London Hospital taking turns to sit with a very poorly uncle. I felt like giving up on the advent calendar - there were not many opportunities for happy snapping. But I did come across this substantial bell standing on a shelf in the lobby. There is no clapper inside and nothing as far as I could see explaining where it comes from, though John tells me that it comes from the original 18th C hospital.
Perhaps the bell came from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, a couple of hundred yards along the road to the east. Some very grand bells including Big Ben and the original Liberty Bell were made there as well as some of the bells from "Oranges and Lemons" - the bells of Stepney (St Dunstan's) and the great bells of (St Mary-Le) Bow.
Do the bells really ring out for Christmas Day? I'll be checking this year.