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A bell-cot, bell-cote or bellcote is a small framework and shelter for one or more bells. Bellcotes are most common in church architecture but are also seen on institutions such as schools. The bellcote may be carried on brackets projecting from a wall or built on the roof of chapels or churches that have no towers. The bellcote often holds the Sanctus bell that is 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.