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HER Number:MDV15448
Name:Bell Foundries in Cullompton

Summary

Two bell foundries said to have existed in the mid to late 18th century, in the Shortlands Lane area. Exact locations unknown.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 018 072
Map Sheet:ST00NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCullompton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCULLOMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST00NW/30

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FOUNDRY (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Morris, B., 11/08/2014, Land at Shortlands Lane Cullompton, Devon. Results of a Desk-Based Assessment and Archaeological Excavation, 9, 17-18, 47, 76 (Report - Excavation). SDV359548.

Bilbies association with Cullompton dates from 1746 when Thomas Bilbie I of Chewstoke was commissioned to recast the bells of St. Andrews. Rather than transport the bells to and from Chewstoke he set up a workshop in Cullompton. This was apparently at the Alms House. Thomas Bilbie II moved to Cullompton in 1754, settling at 4 Fore Street and his son, Thomas Bilbie III was born there in 1758. Following the death of Thomas Bilbie III in 1814 the foundry was sold to William Pannell of Methodist Court. His business was much smaller than Bilbie's had been. The self-styled West of England Church Bell Foundry moved to Lonbrook Street, Exeter in 1853 but closed in 1855, vicim of the railway. No features relating to a foundry were revealed during exavations of land off Shortlands Lane, to the south of New Cut. However, 19.9kg of waste fragments from 19th century copper alloy processing were recovered and at least four smithying bottoms and two crucibles were recovered from the fill of a large pit or former pond. Also Also the garden to the north-east apparently contains substantial amounts of undiagnostic poorly-fired material which could also relate to the foundry. It is suggested that the bell foundry may have operated from within the grounds of the town workhouse or within the grounds of the cottages to the north.


Foster, M. T., 1910, A Short History of Cullompton, 169-70 (Article in Serial). SDV336340.

Near Shortlands Lane, Cullompton, is the site of Thomas Bilbie's bell foundry, established in 1746. Following Bilbie, William Pannel had a bell foundry in Methodist Court.


Collings, A. G., 2007, Archaeological Assessment of Land between Knowle Lane and Tiverton Road, Cullompton, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV344974.


Context One Archaeological Services, 2009, Land to the North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton, Devon. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Geophysical Survey, 7 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV345067.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336340Article in Serial: Foster, M. T.. 1910. A Short History of Cullompton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 42. A5 Hardback. 169-70.
SDV344974Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 2007. Archaeological Assessment of Land between Knowle Lane and Tiverton Road, Cullompton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.58. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV345067Report - Geophysical Survey: Context One Archaeological Services. 2009. Land to the North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton, Devon. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Geophysical Survey. Context One Archaeological Services Report. COAS/DBA;GEO/08/TRC. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7.
SDV359548Report - Excavation: Morris, B.. 11/08/2014. Land at Shortlands Lane Cullompton, Devon. Results of a Desk-Based Assessment and Archaeological Excavation. Southwest Archaeology Report. 20140811. Digital. 9, 17-18, 47, 76.

Associated Monuments

MDV114951Related to: Pond off Shortlands Lane, Cullompton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4834 - Archaeological Assessment off Knowle Lane, Cullompton
  • EDV4862 - Geophysical Survey North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton
  • EDV6943 - Desk Based Appraisal and Excavation of Land off Shortlands Lane, Cullompton

Date Last Edited:Apr 22 2016 2:22PM