The name applied to a bell signal introduced in England
It was rung at 8 P. M., and all fires and candles were to be immediately extinguished.
The curfew was abolished in 1100, so far as its original purpose was concerned.
In the United States
there has been quite an agitation within the last few years for the enactment of laws providing for the ringing of bells at 9 P. M., as a signal for all youth of a specified age playing or wandering in the streets to return immediately to their homes.
In several States laws for this purpose have already been enacted, and the name of curfew bell has been popularly given to the signal rung out on a church or fire bell.