[Bell Historians] Southwark cathedral
davidbryant at h...
Tue Jan 25 12:48:25 GMT 2005
>Was the work done in the tower? If so, the exact weights given for the
>six, presumably from the 1947 retuning, will no long be correct.
Over to Nigel for this one, but I think it highlights a potentially common
problem with quoted weights. Many bells have had their canons removed and
been rehung in the tower without being weighed. I believe that at one time
Whitechapel regularly rehung bells in situ and even offered churches a
discount if the bells didn't need to go to the foundry.
The problem arises because ringers seem to like quoting 'exact' rather than
estimated weights, and will often continue to quote pre-canon removal
weights even when they are obviously incorrect.
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