The bell casting that took place on Saturday the 27th of October on the Dom square in Utrecht drew considerable public attention. Simon Laudy cast a bell for the tower of the Buurkerk live and in the open air at 21.30. When the bell was extracted at 13.00 on Sunday the 28th, the gathered crowd could hear the first sounds of the bell. The bell then was transported to the tower on a flat wagon.
One week later a second bell was cast in the bell foundry Reiderland in Finsterwolde. The extension of the peal in the tower of the Buurkerk with these two bells was initiated by the youth department of the Bell Ringers Guild of Utrecht (Utrechts Klokkenluiders Gilde).
Both bells were lifted into the tower on Thursday the 8th of November and rung out for the first time on the 9th of November. Their first official use took place on St. Martens Feast day on the 11th of November at 19.30.
With the addition of the two new bells the peal has returned to its mediaeval size. These two smallest bells complete the tower’s sound: do-re-mi-so-ti-do. For the profile of the bells Sjoerd van Geuns used a reconstruction of the profile of the largest bell in the tower, the Ban-bell, cast by Steven Butendiic in 1471.
The bell cast in Utrecht, with strike note d-flat2, was named Catharina-Amalia, measures 691 mm in diameter and weighs 208 kg. Its inscription reads + CATHARINA-AMALIA LUIDT MIJN NAAM : MET HULP VAN UTRECHTS JEUGD GOOT LAUDY MIJ TOT VREUGD : MMXVIII. The bell carries the royal arms of Catharina-Amalia surrounded by the names of the youth ringers.
The larger bell, with strike tone c2, was named Pontianus en Agnes, measures 738 mm in diameter and weighs 259 kg. The inscription reads + PONTIANVS DE SPOLETO VOCOR : SIMON LAUDY ME FECIT + AGNES VOCOR SPES PATRIAE : ANNO DOMINI MMXVIII. On the front there is a picture of the H. Pontianus, on the back we find the H. Agnes.
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