[Bell Historians] Re: [Bell HistoriansPeal at Romsey

matthewhigby at a... matthewhigby at a...
Wed Oct 29 19:40:06 GMT 2003

In a message dated 29/10/03 19:04:16 GMT Standard Time, 
jameshedgcock at h... writes:

> 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.--- 

I personally think Privett are an excellent old style ring - we rang a 
spanking peal of Grandsire Triples there earlier this year and I thought they were 
really superb. When FER rang there, the bells were open to the spire. During 
WW2 a floor was installed ยข8 feet above the bells and scaffolding erectedto 
enable the spire lights to be used as a lookout for bombers heading towards 
Portsmouth & Southampton. When we rehung the bells last year - Roger Barber& his 
team made removable trap doors in this floor - when open it transforms the 
sound of the bells in the ringing room. Perhaps you should consider a return visit 


Matthew Higby & Co Ltd,
Church Bell Engineers.
Jasmine Cottage,
The Street,
BA3 4HN.
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