Christ Church Bells
DESCRIPTION: "Hark! the bonny Christ Church Bells." The first and second bell ring "every day at four and ten Crys ... come to prayers." The small bell rings at nine "to call the beerers home" but no man "will leave his can 'Till he hears the mighty Tom"
AUTHOR: Henry Aldrich (1647-1710) (see notes)
EARLIEST DATE: 1814 (Clark)
KEYWORDS: drink nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 54, "Christ Church Bells" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 128)
ADDITIONAL: Richard Clark, The Words of the Most Favourite Pieces Performed at The Glee Club, The Catch Club, and Other Public Societies (London, 1814 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 111, ("Hark! The bonny Christ-Church bells") (1 text)
Bodleian, Firth b.34(275) View 2 of 2, "Merry Christ-Church Bells" ("Hark! the bonny Christ-Church bells"), W. Ordoyno (Nottingham), no date
NOTES: Bodleian Library does not date any of its W. Ordoyno broadsides but there is a reference at the Coddington History Group site of 1815 ("O - Oats to Oxley", p. 2).
Henry Aldrich, who wrote "Christ Church Bells," was dean of Christ Church College of Oxford University. He was a musician and amateur[?] architect. "The mighty Tom" is the nearly 17000 pound bell in the Christ Church College Tower. (sources: Leigh Hunt, Table-Talk (1879, London ("Digitized by Google")), p. 51; Thomas Dinham Atkinson, English Architecture (1904, London ("Digitized by Google")), p. 198; George Laurence Gomme, editor, Topographical History of Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Rutlandshire (1897, London ("Digitized by Google")), p. 56.) - BS
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