Restoration for Westfield Historical Society
Ralph H. Jones, Town Historian
John R. Panosh, Town Bellmaster
Richard Edge, Department of Public Works
Some Facts About the Town Bell:
The Westfield Town Bell bears this inscription on the bell shoulder:
Vickers Sons & Co. Limited, Sheffield [England] 1869 Patent Cast Steel 5266
The Clapper also bears the same serial number of 5266
The bell has a diameter of 28" with a rim circumference of 88"
The total weight is about 500lbs.
The diameter of the rope ringing wheel is 47".
The bell is 25-1/2" high measured to the crown and is made of cast steel.
1869-1921 Hung in Prospect Street School located at Prospect St. and Ferris Place.
Served as school bell and town fire bell.
Rang at armistice and end of WW I.
1922-1985 Hung in Madison Avenue Presbyterian Chapel steeple.
Relegated to storage after congregation disbanded.
Became property of Presbyterian Church of Westfield which later donated it to the Westfield Historical Society.
1993-1994 Restored by the Westfield Historical
Society and Town of Westfield DPW for Westfield Bicentennial in 1994.
The Westfield Town Bell is on parade and ringing at various outdoor functions. The Town Bellmaster is John R. Panosh.
See the Westfield Historical Society
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