[Bell Historians] Doncaster frame
c.j.pickford at t...
Mon Mar 18 19:59:06 GMT 2002
Been away for long weekend, hence silence on this - and on Merthyr,
Headingley etc. Won't add much on the bell side, except that Headingley
sound very typical of the un-enlightened era!
I haven't come across the term "Doncaster frame" before, but parallel pits
(two fours) in frames for more eight (I think frames for lesser numbers have
to be ignored for the purpose of this definition) didn't begin at Doncaster.
The frame at Larkhall, Bath, by Richard and Moses Cole 1831, is/was of this
type. Also St.Thomas, Bristol. The usual arrangement is 3,4,5 and 6 in one
row and 2,1,8 and 7 in the other
I'd be interested to hear of other / earlier examples
Bill's idea of a list of tings seems a good one - even as a one-off (and not
regularly updated). My heavy bells list - about to be updated on the Keltec
website, thanks to comments and corrections received - serves a similar
purpose as a "brain dump" of what I've assembled so far
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Bryant" <djb122 at y...>
To: <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Doncaster frame
> there's some other specific features which make a Doncaster frame - ends
> of heads resting on top of ends of pits, or something - Chris can no
> doubt fill us in!
> oakcroft13 wrote:
> > Bryant (on all bells swinging the same way in the frame):
> > > I think it's called a Doncaster Frame - first used
> > > at Doncaster in 1858, and probably a Grimthorpe
> > > invention.
> > Well, except that almost all bellframes I have seen from the 17th
> > century and earlier are built this way . . . Good example from close
> > to home is Great Bookham, a four bell long-head frame from 1675 with
> > all four bells swinging east-west.
> > I think you meant to say something different!
> > Bill H
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