[Bell Historians] Re: Coalbrookdale was Warners bells

Richard Offen richard.offen at o...
Tue Jun 29 04:42:37 BST 2004

> I remember talking to Bill Theobald who reckoned that the quality 
> Liverpool bells had partly resulted from them standing for some 
> considerable time between being cast and being hung. He thought 
> the sound of bells going straight from casting to hanging was 
> not as good as it might have been. I got the impression that he 
> considered bells to be like stored wine - improving with age.

Theobald could talk a load of old cobblers at times! And this was 
no exception!

I well remember Doug Hughes telling me that his Father told the 
Cathedral Authorities at the time of the installation that it would 
not work acoustically and even put forward a plan to make it work, 
but was virtually told to mind his own business by the Cathedral 

I've always been of the opinion that at the top of the tower of 
Liverpool Cathedral is a magnificent ring of bells, just waiting to 
be put into a more sympathetic tower! I'm sure that, today, quite a 
lot could be done to improve them, even in their present position.


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