[Bell Historians] Re: One-bell towers

andrewmbull <a.bull@s...> a.bull at s...
Thu Dec 12 11:26:34 GMT 2002

I think that might be the Great George in Bristol's Wills building of 
the university - the bells having the same name might be what has 
confused you. There was an article in the Ringing World about this 
bell being rung a little while ago.
I believe that Great Paul in St Paul's Cathedral in London, the 
heaviest bell in the UK, is also hung for swinging, but by electric 

Andrew Bull

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, Carl S Zimmerman 
<csz_stl at s...> wrote:
> OK, then *I* am confused (and apologetic). Which British tower has 
> an extremely large (I dare not write "enormous") bell hung only for 
> swing-chiming? On some very special occasion within the last year 
> two, it was so rung by a team of several people in the belfry.
> At 01:05 +0000 2002/12/12, Ben Willetts wrote:
> >Me:
> >>> What a shame then, that Liverpool Cathedral's bourdon bell is 
> >>> dead. I suspect this has already been mentioned many times.
> >
> >Carl Zimmerman:
> >> Have you confused the Cathedral with the Municipal Buildings?
> >> "Great George" in the Cathedral isn't hung dead (though it
> >> doesn't swing full circle, either).
> >
> >Er, no. I haven't confused anything. Until recently I used to 
live in
> >Liverpool and I am still a member of the Cathedral Guild of 
> >
> >Great George, the nearly-15-ton bourdon bell at Liverpool's 
> >Cathedral, is hung dead in a massive girder frame in the center of 
> >radial concrete 13-bell-frame. It does not swing at all, and is 
sounded by
> >a counterbalanced clapper being smacked against the inside of it 
(I think -
> >but I am totally certain that it is hung dead!).

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