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In Christian church architecture 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 of the eucharist.


Bellcote is a compound noun of the words bell and cot or cote.[1] 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.[2]

Examples of bellcots
Bell-cot at Stanford Road School, Prestonville, Brighton, England. 
Church of England parish church of St Alban the Martyr, Charles Street, Oxford. 
Bellcot on St Thomas's Church, Eaton. 
St Mary of Bethany's Church, Mount Hermon Road, Woking. 


  1. ^ "bell (IV.11.a)". Oxford English Dictionary. Vol 2 (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. 1989. p. 88. 
  2. ^ "cote". Oxford English Dictionary. Vol 3 (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. 1989. p. 994.