I received this message from a former pupil of The Wells House School today:
"I went to WH in September '59.
There was a bell, but not as shown on the website. It was by the front doors, mounted on the wall - it might have been a ship's bell. It was about 16" high by about 12" at the mouth. It had a crack running up from the mouth, and we were always told to ring it by tapping the clapper rapidly against the same spot. We were told that the bell would crack in half if we bashed the clapper from side to side across the mouth. There was a name on the bell: Swan? I can't remember.
The hallway in from the bell was known as the bell lobby.
The Headmaster, Alan Darval, known to his face by everyone as Beak, would read out on Monday mornings the bell ringing rosta for the week. Every boy who managed to complete his bell ringing duty for a week without any faults, lateness or forgeetting altogether, would be paid 3d. If all the boys in one week performed their duty correctly they would attend a "bell ringers tea party". I can't remember the next period for all correct bell ringing, perhaps two consecutive weeks, but the reward was a half day holiday for the whole school."
I'm still seeking further information about my bell but this was welcome information.