[Bell Historians] Re: Coalbrookdale was Warners bells

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Tue Jun 29 16:10:43 BST 2004

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I quite agree. I was at the Royal Maundy Service there back in April of thi=
s year. I was at the time standing outside the west end with Peter & Jill S=
taniforth (Peter had been in the 1951 band which opened the bells) and King=
sley & Rosemary Mason. We had walked round from the north side, in the shad=
ow of the Cathedral, where the bells were to be heard quite distinctly in c=
hanges; they came round as we got to the west end and were being perfectly =
(yes) struck in rounds, very slowly (14 sec/whole pull) and were heard in a=
ppropriate majesty.. Another real treat, on another occasion was to hear th=
e front major eight in Eb being rung down; and on yet another to ring for a=
Judges' service on the back six. True glory.

----- Original Message -----=20
From: Richard Offen=20
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com=20
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 4:42 AM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Re: Coalbrookdale was Warners bells

> I remember talking to Bill Theobald who reckoned that the quality=20
> Liverpool bells had partly resulted from them standing for some=20
> considerable time between being cast and being hung. He thought=20
> the sound of bells going straight from casting to hanging was=20
> not as good as it might have been. I got the impression that he=20
> considered bells to be like stored wine - improving with age.

Theobald could talk a load of old cobblers at times! And this was=20
no exception!

I well remember Doug Hughes telling me that his Father told the=20
Cathedral Authorities at the time of the installation that it would=20
not work acoustically and even put forward a plan to make it work,=20
but was virtually told to mind his own business by the Cathedral=20

I've always been of the opinion that at the top of the tower of=20
Liverpool Cathedral is a magnificent ring of bells, just waiting to=20
be put into a more sympathetic tower! I'm sure that, today, quite a=20
lot could be done to improve them, even in their present position.


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