[Bell Historians] Heythrop, Oxon, and Albrighton, Shropshire
richard.offen at o...
Fri May 7 23:25:41 BST 2004
> We had a pleasant ring at Heythrop in 1979 before the tenor wheel
> (sadly) replaced by a lever. Like all T C Lewis's (not very many)
> they are beautiful castings with quite interesting tuning. And
> bells now at Kingsbury may be a maiden eight, not all Lewis's bells
> he had a tuning machine and used it quite extensively on two of the
Are you sure he had a tuning machine? I quote from George Elphick's
Church Bells of Sussex:
"He was by nature an artist and set himself very high standards.
About 1878 he started up as a bellfounder and always cast maiden
bells, allowing no subsequent tuning whatsoever. To obtain his
heaviest ring of eight - St Andrew's, Wells Street (now Kingsbury) -
he cast more than twenty bells to obtain the desired results."
Certainly his ring of six at Shipbourne, in Kent, are a miden peal.
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