[Bell Historians] Re: G & J

Richard Offen richard at s...
Wed Oct 27 10:59:40 BST 2004

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "David Cawley" <dcawley at w...> 
> £68 for a full 1928 G&J Catalogue sounds pretty reasonable to me, I 
would go up to a ton. They are fairly bulky, loose leaf affairs with 
sections on Bells in general, Ringing Peals, Chimes, Carillons and 
Clocks, pages inserted as required. The last M&S (1891) catalogue I 
bought was £80; I did not begrudge this as my 1895, 1912, 1919 and 
1570-1920 ones were all given by benefactors, as were my early Taylor 
ones and even that of Llewellins & James!
> Returning to Gillett & Johnston: I went to the recent 160th 
Anniversary Service in Croydon Parish Church and thoroughly enjoyed 
the occasion and the champagne reception afterwards. The Coombes 
family, who own G&J (Clocks) Ltd now certainly gave credit where it 
was due. Lady Price (nee Rosemary Johnston) was present and a 
photographic display on bells was surmounted by an impressive 
likeness of the Great Man himself. Altogether a worthwhile and 
nostalgic occasion - a pity more of the ringing fraternity were not 
> I am doing a write up for the RW.

The Ringing World advert said "by invitation", so I assume lots of 
ringers, as I did, thought it was just that and didn't go!


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