[Bell Historians] L&J tenors

Susan Dalton dalton.family at v...
Fri Apr 9 09:43:28 BST 2004

>From: "Neil Skelton" <neil.tcct at v...>
>To: <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com>

> Hang on, not ALL Tosier bells. I happen to have a quite nice - toned William
> Tosier bell in my garage destined, shortly I hope, for a good home. Please
> don't ask where, nor its provenance.

[Some of us don't need to...! CD]
> It was Clement II who was the duffer of the lot. East Stoke 2/2, Dorset and
> Stratford Tony 3/3 Wilts come to mind. You have only to look at the shape to
> have some idea of the sound these and others will produce.

[Hang on, hang on! Nether Wallop tenor and the ex-Boveridge bell by Clement
II are both very good. CD]

That said,
> Clement I and Wm were, I am sure capable of bad bells on off days! I think
> that I am correct in saying that the only surviving ringing bell of Clement
> I is at Broughton, Hants.

[No. There are others at Amport, Bosham and Pagham. CD]

Two further bells of his are the 1 and 2 of the
> derelict 4 at Berwick St James, Wilts.

[And they are not very good. CD]

> John Tosier's surviving bell at Lytchett Matravers is regarded as an
> 'excellent bell' (I leave you to guess the author of that statement) but it
> should be borne in mind that it was considerably tuned at Whitechapel in
> 1931, nevertheless, one presumes it wasn't a bad bell before tuning!

[I think all one can safely assume is that it was of a shape to allow the
then Nigel Taylor to cut it very substantially! CD]

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