Bell-cot

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The bell-cote at St. Mary's Church, Rudford, England (2008)

A bell-cot, bell-cote or bellcote is a small framework and shelter for one or more bells, supported on brackets projecting from a wall or built on the roof of chapels or churches which have no towers. It often holds the Sanctus bell rung at the Consecration.

Etymology[edit]

Bellcote is a compound noun of the words bell and cot or cote. Bell is self-explanatory. The word cot or cote is Old English, from the Germanic. It means a shelter of some kind, especially for birds or animals (see dovecote), a shed, or stall.

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