[Bell Historians] Re: G&J Simpson rings

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Sat Jun 5 22:15:49 BST 2004


The bell cast by Gillett & Johnston in 1932 was to be the 6th of the proposed eight.

In 1935, Taylor's quoted ( at Ron Dove's prompting) for a ring of eight with the G&J bell as the 5th; and that was what was done. The Gillett bell hangs in its own frame with all Gillett fittings, and the remainder hang in a 7-bell frame with fittings of 1935.

A cracking good ring they are too. Details recently up on Dickon's site.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: David Bryant 
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2004 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Re: G&J Simpson rings

> The eight at Finedon are interesting G and J front 7 and a Taylor tenor.
> Don't know why this happened. The effect is very good. 

Doesn't Chislehurst have one G&J bell in an otherwise Taylor ring? I believe G&J cast one bell as part of a projected future eight, but in the event Taylor's cast the other seven.

Another interesting ring along these lines is Newport Cathedral, where the three trebles of the Taylor ten of 1913 were recast by G&J when they augmented the bells to twelve in 1939.

> Aren't Rochester a G and J 10 in a modern Taylor frame. Does anyone know
> the answers to these questions?

Yep. Recast and rehung with new fittings in the old frame by G&J in 1921 - the fittings are Taylor-type ones. Taylor's rehung the bells in a new cast iron frame in 1960, reusing the Gillett fittings.



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