Bell adds to history of Round House

Round House volunteers look on as South
Round House volunteers look on as South

The bell was unveiled at a recent ceremony at the Round House, now giving visitors the chance to be taken back to the days of the ticket-of-leave men, who would listen for the bell at 9.50pm every night so they could be back at their homes at 10pm or risk being locked up in the Round House for breaking curfew.

The bell came from a parish church in the West Midlands of England through a Trust set up to help churches find new homes for redundant bells.

Round House volunteer Beth Dax said the introduction of the bell would help in the guides’ work in emphasising the history of the headland.

‘It’s an added point of history for the Round House. Most people don’t know a great deal about the early part of the settlement and a lot of people think that we had convicts transported here from the start, but we didn’t,’ she said.