St John's Peterborough
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Tue Dec 20 19:54:04 GMT 2005
St John, Peterborough
I took over from Herbert Goakes as Steeplekeeper from about 1970 until I
left England in 1976.
Gillets in 1913 had rehung the bells in an H frame. Some time afterwards the
seventh cracked and (according to Herbert) some ten years later was recast
by Taylors. Gillets had recast the two trebles with flattish crowns, like
the original bells, but the Taylor seventh has a domed crown, making it a
longer bell and a pig to ring, compared with the others. It was hung up on
the Gillet headstock (with the name filed off) and a piece had to be cut out
of the diagonal bracing of the foundation RSJs to let the clapper go past. I
do nto recall ever seeing a weight for the recast bell.
At some time one of the clock weights had fallen heavily on the corner of
the frame near the two and four, breaking off one of the upper anchors and
bending the upper joists. It was never repaired but did not seem to have
affected the bells.
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