17 June 2015

Having been silent for a few months the school bell is now back in working order. Cast by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel in 1880, both bell and mechanism were in need of attention. White’s of Appleton carried out the work, the same company that had originally installed it 135 years ago.

The bell is inscribed with the name of the makers, of the Headmaster who commissioned it, Edgar Summers, and with the instruction: Cum voco venite – Come when I call.

Speaking about the restoration Sarah Wearne, the School's Archivist said, “The bell plays a large part in many old boys' memories; not only did it 'call' them to lessons but it rang 63 times to remind them of John Roysse who was 63 in 1563 when he endowed the school for 63 scholars. It is still rung 63 times to mark special occasions.”

The School Bell featured in A History of Abingdon School in 63 Objects as Object 37.

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