[Bell Historians] heavy tenors

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Tue Oct 28 15:23:05 GMT 2003

Can tell you that the old tenor at Raunds (Thomas Eayre 1732) was 17-1-22, so the weight was considerably increased to 22-0-8 at recasting in 1898. The key (Dove) is E flat

The previous tenor at Louth (James Harrison 1818) was 24-2-18. The key (Dove, again) is D. Harrison, of course, cast his bells on a very thin scale to give lower note than would generally be expected from bells of a given weight

Aren't there a combination of factors in these cases? Up to a point, the extra weight was needed to give a good bell of the right note - and it's important to look at key as well as weight in all these cases. Remember, too, that the old bells were reduced in weight by removal of canons and tuning, increasing the gap between the old N-1 and the new tenor - though at 27-0-23 "as received" Redcliffe 11th was already light for its note. Also, many of Taylors' earlier true-harmonic rings were cast on a thick - almost Grimthorpian - scale, like Ampthill 13-3-6 in A flat, Cardington 20-2-15 in F/E (since recast and now 19-1-1), and Dublin 45-1-18 in C) 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: jimhedgcock 
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 2:49 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] heavy tenors

There are numerous rings of bells where the tenor is considerably 
heavier than one would expect when compared with the next lightest in 
the ring. Generally these tenors are Taylor bells from a certain 
Examples are :-
Raunds Northants - 7th. 12 0 16, tenor 22 0 8 Taylor 1898
Redcliffe 11th. 25 1 5, tenor 50 2 21 Taylor 1903
Exeter 11th. 40 3 19, tenor 72 2 2 Taylor 1902
Louth 7th. 15 1 12, tenor 31 0 7 Taylor 1909
There are of course other examples. Can anyone explain why these 
recast tenors were made with disproportionate weights? 

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