[Bell Historians] Southwark

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Fri Jan 21 18:22:23 GMT 2005

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There is a photograph of the new 1911 tenor (then 50-0-21) - flat headed an=
d bolted to a well-shouldered cast-iron stock in the 1911 and 1920 Mears ca=

No testimonial to the Southwark work: Westminster Abbey and Bow were loud i=
n their praises, the latter (1907) stating "The famous 'Bow Bells,' origin=
ally cast at the Whitechapel Foundry, has been for some years in bad ringin=
g order, which was made worse by their being touched by unskilful hands....=
." An early swipe at G&J whose first efforts with them seem to have been no=
ne too successful. Note that when Mears rehung them on this occasion, they =
fitted a very differenty sort of cast-iron stock to the tenor, to retain th=
e canons using traditional supporting ironwork.

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Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 9:28 AM
Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] Southwark

"Does anybody know when the canons were removed from the bells at Southwa=
Cathedral? This is not clear from the tower website - which is excellent =
would serve as a very good exemplar for anyone designing a tower website.=
"The bells were taken down during WW2 and not rehung until ( I think) 194=
It may well be that the canons were removed prior to that rehanging. "

I think it is more likely that they were removed in 1910 when the back 6
received cast iron headstocks and the front 6 new elm headstocks. After t=
war they were cleaned, tuned and rehung with new gudgeons and ball bearin=
but (I understand) the same headstocks.

Source: ASCY Website (so it must be right!).



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