Now I want to decide how to hang and display the bell. It will not be rung regularly, but I will wish very occasionally to hear how it sounds. It therefore does not need the kind of frame that would be needed if it was in regular public use.
My three options are:
a simplified version of the type of frame used for the Brockenhurst Fire Bell shown in the photo or like the Lymington School Bell I'm still after.
a frame mounted on a wooden plinth as required for the headstock on the Mears Bell based on the principle used for the cupola bell.
a pair of simple wall mounted brackets within which the bell can sit and be occasionally rung.