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~Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Newspaper Clipping of the Day

Via Newspapers.com

It’s time for another peep into the Mystery Bells file!  The “Glasgow Daily Record,” February 5, 1971:

Every morning and evening a bell rings in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bentley, whether they like it or not. 

They don't need it and don’t want it but they can't get rid of it because they can’t find it.  Neither can GPO engineers, the fire brigade, or council. 

“I first heard it three weeks ago though we’ve lived here for a year now,” said Mrs. Josephine Bentley, 35, at her home in Stone, Staffs, yesterday. 

“It seemed to come from the loft above the bed and I shot out of bed. But I was left staring at the ceiling because we don’t have an alarm clock in the room.” 

Since then, with almost unfailing regularity, a five-second burst rings out promptly at 8:30 am and 5:50 pm every day. 

It has only missed once--when two firemen came with equipment to trace it.

The fire brigade thought the bells were linked to a level crossing on a nearby railway.  But that was ruled out.

The Bentleys know an old fireman once lived in this house until his death some years ago.  But the brigade say the installation that was used to call him to duty was removed.

GPO engineers found wires leading to the loft and cut them.  That didn’t help either.

Now it’s up to the surveyors’ office in the local council.  They are still checking…hopefully.

I wasn’t able to learn if the mystery was ever resolved.


  1. The fact that the bell wasn't heard on the one occasion when it might have been traced does suggest that it was a hoax, and that the hoaxer was sufficiently close to the Bentleys to have found out when the attempt would be made.

  2. The old fireman is still being summoned to duty...

  3. Weird but the world is full of weird happenings


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