[Bell Historians] Diagonal Frames

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Thu Oct 2 16:18:25 BST 2003

There is NO evidence that the Gedney and Holbeach frames were by Williams - this is another "urban myth", based on the existence of a number of diagonal frames known to have been made by the Williams brothers but without further foundation.

I did compile a list of diagonal frames some years ago, but it needs a bit of updating - for which I have no time just now - before sharing.

Isn't Jim H's picture of Groton one of the old bells of the previous M&S ring? They were recast to a slightly lower weight and augmented to ten in the 1960s

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Neil Skelton 
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Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 12:12 AM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Diagonal Frames

Diagonally positioned bellrames at Gedney and Holbeach (Lincs) both by John and Richard Williams of Kings Sutton, Northants. Holbeach replaced (Taylor 1936) with Day of Eye fittings of 1926 reused apparently! The frame at Gedney was replaced (Taylor 1911). Plans of both frames shown in James R. Jerram's mss. c.1904. Jerram's plan for the rehanging of the augmented 8 (1884) at St Edmund's, Salisbury, shows all eight bells on one level, however, this was never executed. The old six-bell frame was retained and the three trebles hung in a new frame above.

Neil Skelton.

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