[Bell Historians] Anti-clockwise rings

john ketteringham john.ketteringham at n...
Wed Apr 24 18:09:02 BST 2002

Some years ago I was asked by an acquaintance if it would be possible to
ring the bells at St Peter at Gowts Lincoln for their daughter's wedding.
I investigated and found that because there was a crack in the tower ringing
had ceased some 13 years before. After an investigation it was decided
that the crack had been there for a century or so and there was no reason
why ringing should not take place provided the cracks were monitored. A
well known ringer of the time got the credit although he and another well
known ringer in Lincoln had had years in which to conduct an investigation!
The bells have been rung regularly since I stepped in!

-----Original Message-----
From: John Paul Adams [mailto:J.Adams at u...]
Sent: 24 April 2002 17:34
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] Anti-clockwise rings

>> Er - John, when did you ring at Southfleet? They have been condemned as
>> unringable since 1930 (the year that Samuel Goslin rehung them!). Have
>> been a naughty boy? I must admit that I haven't visited the derelict
>> so cannot comment on whether they are anticlockwise or not. (Northfleet
>> nearby is.)

They were not that bad, and I've certainly rung on a lot worse. I wonder
how many other rings have gone negelected because A.N.Other said they were
past it, and nobody has been there since to look? Doesn't this happen often
enough with church architects condeming the structure of a tower, only for
the successor architect to then say it was perfectly OK in the first


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