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THOMAS MEARS, bell founder
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Thomas Mears late Lester, Pack & Chapman bell founder, at the Three Bells in White Chapel London have cast the following bells since August 1738 ...
[London]: [1823?].
[2] p. : all engr. ; 76.1 cm. (1º)

Broadside, verso blank. Drop-head title under engraved vignette of three bells with motto 'Percuti Dulce Cano'. Engraved by John Gale of Crooked Lane. Undated advertisement. Thomas Mears was firstly apprentice and then partner in the firm of Lester, Lack & Chapman, taking it over in 1767; the business remained in the Mears family name until 1865 but the bell foundry at Whitechapel goes back at least to Robert Mot in 1570 who first used the trademark of the three-bells in 1583. Bell founding started in Aldgate and Whitechapel early in the 15th century. See A.D. Tyssen,'The history of the Whitechapel Bell-Foundry', Transactions of the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society, New series 5, pt. 2, 1925, pp. 195--226. A second, letterpress advertisement listing peals of bells case since December 1810, likewise undated, is also in the Soane Museum (q.v.); both were presumably obtained by Soane in connection with the construction of St Peter's, Walworth, as suggested by an ALs from Thomas Mears dated 11 September 1823 estimating the weight of eight church bells that can be hung in the steeple (Priv. Corr. X.C.2.20); an unsigned plan of the tower on paper sharing the same watermark as the second advertisement may also have been supplied by Mears (Priv. Corr. X.C.2.18).

Copy Notes Copy 2: 76.4 cm.

Binding Copy 1: Folded paper.
Copy 2: Folded paper.

Reference Number 6245


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