P. W. Gay at e...
Tue Dec 10 13:44:00 GMT 2002

The back eight at Newcastle have not been tuned since they were instaled in
about 1730.

The 1928 augmentation to ten did not involve any work on the old eight - the
trebles were installed in a new frame above and independent of the
eight-bell frame.

The story is that in 1953 Gilletts wanted to retune the bells when rehanging
in a ten-bell frame, but the local tower captain would not allow it. Other
Rudhall rings of the same vintage have tuned up well - Wrexham and Burton St
Modwen come to mind.

Phil Gay,
who is in a peal attempt on the back eight on Sunday. 

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