by Stan Brotherton
The fourth bell of the church of St Nicholas, Gloucester, bears a most intriguing inscription which reads:
Saint John the Baptist; pray for us SL
in the time of the sacrist Clement Lichfield, Robert Hendley
made me in honour of Mary Magdalene.
What are we to make of these remarkable lines? In this book, local historian Stan Brotherton explores the implications of the inscription, the church of Gloucester St Nicholas, the bells of Evesham, the life of Clement Lichfield (the last true abbot of Evesham Abbey), and the work of bell-founder Robert Hendley, to ask…. is this a lost bell of Evesham Abbey?