[Bell Historians] Clapper springs

Nick Bowden nickwbowden at f...
Fri Nov 21 22:50:44 GMT 2003

> David Cawley:
> > Their most favoured and prolific use was of
> > course on steel bells .... They are still
> > present in the unrestored rings ... Chalford
> Notes from my visit to Chalford in February 2001:
> They have a typical steel-bell sound, somewhat improved (I was told
> by the tower captain) by having rubber clapper lifters. They were
> originally fitted with clapper-lifting springs which, having fallen
> into disrepair, were replaced by lifters which had been fitted as an
> experiment to a peal of bells in Bristol.
> I was told which peal in Bristol but unfortunately did not make a
> note.
> Bill H

It was St Ambrose, Whitehall, Bristol. They would have probably been more
effective on a ring with less natural resonance.


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