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Bronze Bell Field School - 1998

Brief History:

The Bronze Bell (or Tal-y-Bont) wreck lies to the south of the Sarn Badrig Reef (St. Partick's Causeway) between Barmouth and Harlech in Cardigan Bay.  The wreck is named after the bell that was found on the site bearing the date 1677.  Along with cannons and anchors on the site were found 43 blocks of Italian Carrara marble. 

The site is designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973), and many of the artefacts recovered from the site are now on display at a museum dedicated to the wreck in Barmouth. One of the marble blocks recovered from the site has also been caved and is on display on the quay side in Barmouth. 

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During 1998, along with members of the Tewkesbury Underwater Group (TUG), MADU assisted with the survey and recording of the cannons, anchors and cargo of marble blocks.

The Bronze Bell in the Barmouth Museum Inside the Bronze Bell Museum

The Bronze Bell in the Barmouth Museum

Inside the Bronze Bell Museum

Site Plan of the Bronze Bell wreck site Some of the Bronze Bell Museum displays

Site Plan of the Bronze Bell wreck site

Some of the Bronze Bell Museum displays

The Bronze Bell Museum in Barmouth A carved marble block from the site

The Bronze Bell Museum in Barmouth

A carved marble block from the site

Reference Links:

For further information see the following article:

Annual Report on the site of the Bronze Bell by Michael Bowyer which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (2000.1, page 4).

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