Wrought iron clappers - a byegone era.
jim at p...
Fri Jan 28 15:33:25 GMT 2005
Historians should listen to radio 4 at 8.00PM on Saturday 29th January when
extracts of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral are being broadcast. The coffin
left the Cathedral to the sole sound of the muffled bells being rung with
wrought iron clappers throughout. Those who have never heard the glorious
sound produced by a wrought iron clapper in a heavy bell then here is your
chance. The tenor (a maiden bell) really does sound magnificent compared
with the poor apology produced by today's SG. Why are the ringers always
prepared to put up with second best whether it be clappers or springy ropes
making the bells difficult to handle? The pace of the ringing at the state
funeral enabled every bell to be heard and savoured compared with some of
the sonic litter produced by today's speed merchants with their stick down
the railings job i.e a peal of cinques on a 34.3/4 cwt twelve in 3hrs 8
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