Bellgable (Bellturret, or Bellcot)

Bell-gable (Bell-turret, or Bell-cot)

In small churches and chapels that have no towers there is very frequently a bell-gable or turret at the west end in which the bells are hung; sometimes these contain but one bell, sometimes two, and occasionally three, as at Radipole, near Weymouth. A few of these erections may be of Norman date, but the greater number are later; many of them are Early English, in which style they appear to have been very frequent. Besides the bell-gables above referred to, there is often found a smaller erection of very similar kind on the apex of the eastern end of the roof of the nave. This is for the sancte-bell (q.v.).

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