Matthew has worked with bells but is currently employed by Smith of Derby - clockmakers. Not watchmakers - but Church and Tower clocks. Have a look at their web site www.smithofderby.com.
Our bell is not very secure and Matthew is going to quote for repairing it so we can ring it at services and weddings. I’ll keep you posted.
Alfred Cocks sounds an interesting character. As well as writing “The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire; Their Inscriptions, Founders, Uses and Traditions, Etc.” to give it it’s full title, he was secretary of the Buckinghamshire Archeological Society. Their history has two interesting references:
Alfred Cocks had published his monumental Church Bells of Buckinghamshire in 1897, a work of enduring scholarship, and his many contributions to Records ranging from Great Marlow Church in 1866 to the Penn version of the Mummers play forty years later were always scholarly. On a lighter note his three articles which he called Contributions to a Buckinghamshire Vocabulary (VII. 61 and 284, IX. 124) where he records local dialect, then rapidly being lost, make almost compulsive reading.
Crabbling: Noise of a pot boiling
Unmournful: Very, 'She wus unmournful ugly'
Cribbling: Lame 'He goes proper cribbling'
Clats: Horse droppings
Mizzy-muzzy: 'My poor head's all ofu mizzy-muzzy'
1896-1908 ALFRED HENEAGE COCKS (1864-1928) FSA. He was a meticulous scholar and a distinguished naturalist who contributed much to the Society but was a prickly colleague. His many articles cover a wide field but he is best remembered for the monumental The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire published in 1897 which whilst a work of scrupulous scholarship is not improved by the alarming varieties of typeface which he insisted on using.