PAS-2EE133: Lead bell

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Unique ID: PAS-2EE133

Object type certainty: Certain
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Lead 'Canterbury) bell' inscribed +C[AM]PAN(a) TH[O]MEA(s) (Thomas' bell), dating to the C14th, and made for pilgrim's visiting the site of Archbishop Thomas (Becket) of Canterbury's martyrdom. The bell has its suspension loop missing and is crushed. It has not been cleaned, so the clanger might still be inside. The diameter of the bell is 16.4mm.


Found during the filming of Mudmen II. It was said upon the murder of St Thomas (1170) that the bells of Canterbury rang out without being touched. Such bell souviniers would have been worn by pilgrims to Canterbury.

Inscription: +C[AM]PAN(a) TH[O]MEA(s)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 27.7 mm
Width: 42.7 mm
Weight: 18.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 23rd June 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Wolfe
Identified by: Dr Michael Lewis

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
To be known as: Blackwell

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Mudlarking

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PAS
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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