Bells to call the servants
U 17.150: Under a row of five coiled spring housebells [at No 7 Eccles Street] …
D 15.04: the wheezy halldoor bell clanged again
In both of the opening quotations, from Ulysses and “The Dead”, the reference to bells is specifically to kitchen bells (see video extract) that rang (and shook visibly) to tell the servants “below stairs” in Victorian times that their service was required.
Staff Call Bells (Wikimedia Commons)
Houses of the same type as No 7 but on the south side of Eccles Street and the railing of 15 Usher’s Island (the house portrayed by Joyce in “The Dead”) still show the remnants of the bell handle on the area railings.
Picture courtesy of owner Brendan Kilty
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