[Bell HistoriansPeal at Romsey

jimhedgcock jameshedgcock at h...
Wed Oct 29 18:58:45 GMT 2003

Some of us would question whether Mr. Mears was ever capable of 
producing an exceedingly musical peal of bells. I would think that 
some of his customers would have been very pleased to receive 
something very ordinary!
My visits to Romsey certainly don't confirm the flattering 
statement. I also often wonder why F.E. Robinson 'raved' about 
Privett when one considers some of the excellent bells on which he 
rang peals - Heavitree in Exeter for example - about which he makes 
no comment.--- 

In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "A Willis" <zen16073 at z...> wrote:
> Sorry if this is old news.
> From The Salisbury Journal, July 25th 1791
> Monday last, a new and exceedingly musical peal of eight bells, 
cast by Mr
> Mears of Whitechapel, was opened at Romsey, by the Society of 
College Youths
> from London, with a peal of Oxford Treble Bobs [sic], consisting of 
> changes, being the extent of thirteen courses, and which was 
completed in
> three hours 13 minutes, with that accuracy which distinguishes the
> performances of that company, and to the entire satisfaction of the
> inhabitants of the town, as well as a numerous concourse of hearers
> assembled from different parts of the country.
> Anne Willis

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