[Bell Historians] Bell books, and Albrighton, Shropshire

Susan Dalton dalton.family at v...
Sun May 9 17:52:31 BST 2004

>From: "David Bryant" <david at b...>

>> Incidentally, I think there is limited usefulness in reprinting books, or
>> putting them onto CD, unless some revision/updating is done at the same
>> time. Berkshire was revised before reprinting but Wiltshire (which I am
>> working on now) annoyingly wasn't.
> I think it's worth doing, on the basis that something well-written and
> accurate

[Accurate? Who says any of the books under consideration is ACCURATE? I am
sure Fred Sharpe would have been the first to admit that Oxfordshire
contains lots of mistakes, as does Herefordshire, as does H B Walters's
Wiltshire. These authors did the best they could at the time; it is easy
to forget how much harder it was to get around churches in those days, let
alone see the bells properly once there. Reliable (well, fairly reliable)
motor cars, battery-powered torches and the gathering of documents into
record offices has made the bell historian's job SO much easier. CD]

>> Re Albrighton, this was a Barwell and not a Groves job in 1901: having
>> visited, and checked the Bell News reference, I am confident about this.
>> Barwells installed one of their typical composite frames (for 8). All 6
>> bells existing in 1980 had Barwells' iron stocks.
> That's interesting - Taylor's must have reused them all.

[They did. And why not?! CD]

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