[Bell Historians] Guernsey bells

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Tue May 4 22:37:05 BST 2004

(a) Yes. You could write a book about it.....

(b) There are now no bells hung in the old Town Church manner; the nearest thing to it are the three unused old bells at S Pierre du Bois; they have half-wheels. There are two threes hung for conventional ringing - Torteval and St John, St Peter Port. The former do not have stays or sliders; the latter are unringable.

(c) There are numerous pictures of the old Town Church bells; some really excellent ones were taken in the tower just before removal by Peter Gallienne.

(d) I believe David Potter has hung a number of balanced bells with wheels, primarily for swing chiming. Presumably - as in Italy - it can be done.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Alan J.Birney 
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 7:48 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Guernsey bells

Does anyone know the details of the bells on Guernsey (apart from the 
six, eight and ten)?
Also, are there any more bells hung "in the French method" for change 
ringing that Rod Bickerton qouted in the Ringing World several weeks 
ago? (like St Peter Port used to be).
Does anyone have photos of the old installation at St Peter Port?
How effective were the old fittings at St Peter Port? 
Could a ring be hung in a similar fashion (but with counterbalanced 
clappers) in a weak tower?
Its a lot to go at, but any help much appreciated.

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