• Robin Shipp
    9
    No, this isn't a discussion about the merits or otherwise of Hastings stays! I am writing something about stays and sliders and I wanted to mention the inventor, who I understood to be the Rev W Hastings Thorne. But I did a bit of research and I have found websites referring to the inventor as "Rev J F Hastings" and "Rev Edward Hastings Thorne". Does anyone have a definitive version?
    Also, it occurs to me that a Hastings stay can only be used on a socket headstock, with the stay on the centreline of the headstock. The position of the quadrant would be rather odd if the stay was side mounted. Am I right there?
  • A J Barnfield
    127
    I thought that they are called Hasting's stays because replacing them is usually a bit of a battle.
  • John Harrison
    92
    it's Horne not Thorne, which might be why your search went awry. Alison asked the Historians and CJP responded but I don't remember all the detail. Searching for the right name should help though.
  • Robin Shipp
    9
    "Thorne" came from my copy of 'Manual of Belfry Maintenance', which we are trying to revise. And there are still four different initials floating around. It needs sorting out!
  • Robin Shipp
    9
    Alison has just passed the Historians comments on to me. "Rev Edward Hastings Horne" seems to have the most credibility.
  • Geoff Pullin
    4
    I was told by Alan Hughes in 2000 that Exeter 11th and Badby 4th are the only bells that have Whitechapel iron headstocks fitted with a Hastings stay.
    Certainly at Badby the bell and its headstock replaced a cracked Bagley bell, hung by Taylors in 1931. The Whitechapel headstock has a flat metal socket assembly bolted through the stay fixing holes above the centreline. It had to be reinforced after it initially bent under 'normal' use!
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