[Bell Historians] Great John, Beverley

jimhedgcock jameshedgcock at h...
Thu Jul 24 21:19:24 BST 2003

When the first bourdon was removed and later sold, were the 
inscriptions removed and new ones incised, or is it as it left 

In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "David Bryant" <david at b...> wrote:
> > Page 108 talks about Beverley Minster and says about the Bourdon:
> >
> > "The reader will wonder when he reads that a bell of such a weight
> > as this Bourdon is raised and rung with ease. The hanging of it 
> > be truly magnificent."
> It's hung fo slow swinging, on a deeply arched headstock.It has 
very early
> examples of roller bearings.
> Originally, it was swung every Sunday, as stated in a pamphlet on 
the bells
> of the two Beverley churches written by Canon Nolloth, who had both 
> installed. Somehow there is now a tradition that the bell is only 
swung on
> the death of royalty, which is a pity. I've not rung it myself, but 
I'm told
> that it needs a number of people to swing it to any height.
> Earlier in the year I started a website on the bells of the York 
> which is rather embryonic at present, but does have a page on 
> Minster, which includes a picture of Great John. The site is at
> http://www.bryantd.fsnet.co.uk/york_diocese/index.htm. Click on the 
> Riding Archdeaconry section, then on Beverley Minster.
> David

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