Sign on
bell
Date Made/Found: before 1888
User: Mr William Newton , 1832 - 1916
Dimensions: Overall: 290 x 150mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: J1942.2
This hand bell was used by Attercliffe’s town crier, until around 1888. It was donated to Sheffield’s collections in 1942 by a local lady, who remembered the bell being used by Mr William Newton. William was also a butcher, and a church warder at Attercliffe church. In the 1800s, town criers rang their bell for attention and called out the news for people to listen to. Eventually, newspapers became people’s main source of information and town criers were not needed. Today several towns around Britain still use them for ceremonial and tourist events.
Display Location: In Store
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