[Bell Historians] FW: Light Front Bells

David Bryant djb122 at y...
Thu Feb 21 23:23:30 GMT 2002

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Waltham Abbey and Shrewsbury (both 1914, although at Waltham some old bells=
were reused) have light front ends, with trebles under 5 cwt. Pontefract h=
ave proportionally the lightest front end of any Taylor ring I know of. I a=
greee they're superb!

Taylor's front ends of tens and 12s were at their lightest from about 1910 =
until 1920, although not all bells cast in this period have light front end=
s, perhaps surprisingly. In the early 1920s they went to the other extreme,=
and rings such as Oldham (1922) have quite heavy front ends.

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Subject: Light Front Bells

Can anyone suggest an alternative bit of nomenclature? A bell profile wo=
uld be the shape of the bell but what about the relative sizes of the bells=
in a peal - is that the profile of the ring of bells or do we have an alte=
rnative name? Gets confusing when we talk about about the profiles of a fr=
ont end - are we talking shape or thickness?

On the subject of Taylors casting lighter bells for the front end of a ch=
ime in the 1910s/1920s what about the changes in the front end of ringing p=

When G&J augmented St Woolos to twelve they recast the front three of the=
1913 Taylor ten (and caused a certain amount of debate!). I remember seein=
g the weights of the original front end published in the RW and at the time=
compared them to the weights of the bells at St Giles Pontefract (Taylor 1=
919). I found that proportionally the front end at Pontefract was even lig=
hter than that at St Woolos.
Pontefract, St Giles
1 3-0-26
2 3-1-10
3 3-3-18 - this would be very light for the treble of an 18cwt eight!
4 4-0-25
5 5-0-26
6 6-1-27
7 8-0-14
8 10-0- 1
9 13-1-17
10 18-0-19=20

Infact the front two have flange tops so the above weights are several po=
unds in excess of their 'true' weights! And yet these are a first class te=
n with a really beautiful tone - probably the best ten in E in the world (a=
ny better offers?). Does anyone have any more evidence along these lines a=
nd for how long did this fashion last?

I have misplaced my copy of Thow but I think it is Waltham Abbey which ha=
ve a noticeably light front end.


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