[Bell Historians] Re: St John the Divine, Kennington

jim phillips jim at p...
Sun Jan 18 23:28:11 GMT 2004

Sorry my mistake! Should have read message before posting, Kennington were
a ring of eight and the new frame is for eight bells.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jimhedgcock" <jameshedgcock at h...>
To: <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 11:12 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Re: St John the Divine, Kennington

> 'Dove' has always recorded the war loss at Kennington as a ring of
> eight. If Jim is correct in his statement, one wonders why a
> correction has not been made over the last fifty years or more.--- 
> In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "jim phillips" <jim at p...> wrote:
> > For twelve years on leaving school I was engaged in the tropical
> hardwood
> > trade and in the late 1950's I supervised the unloading of a barge
> load of
> > Yang (Dipterocarpus spp) timber that had been cut to size in
> Thailand for
> > the bellframes of Great Yarmouth, Bow and St John the Divine,
> Kennington.
> > Both Yarmouth and Bow have had twelve's for many years now but does
> anyone
> > know what happened to Kennington? The massive timber bellframe has
> been in
> > that tower for nigh on 50 years and still no bells have been
> installed to
> > replace the 1889 Whitechapel 20 cwt twelve lost by enemy action in
> WW2.
> > The timber was completely free of any knots and comes from an
> evergreen tree
> > 150 ft or more in height, and 70 ft to the first branch, with a
> girth
> > frequently exceeding 12 ft. The wood was pale red to red-brown in
> colour
> > and weighs between 40 to 57 lbs per cubic ft. Dipterocarpus spp
> from Burma
> > is known as Gurjun and from Malaya as Keruing.
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