[Bell Historians] Re: Quarr Abbey

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Wed Mar 16 17:00:38 GMT 2005

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Oh yes. I have been there whilst chaplaining a Church Lads & Church Girls B=
rigade camp and have eyed the bells. A most extraordinary place. Too crampe=
d for photos, but the four Bolee bells hung for balanced swinging. They are=
fine sounding bells, too. A kindly monk gave me a print of the bells when =
they were hung on the ground (? for dedication) - if I can find it, I'll sc=
an it through.

Just remembered - it wasn't a kindly monk at all, it was Ron Dove, about 19=

As for Bollee, there a vast quantities of their bells in France. There was =
a good article on their work in Actes des 1eres Journees Nationales de Cam=
panologie held at Chalons-sur-Marne, France, 31st August-1st September 1989=
(published by les Amis du Carillon de Chalons-sur-Marne, June 1992, ISBN 2=
-9506811-0-7). The Chalons carillon is one of their principal works. In an=
other even more recent and very substantial and well-illustrated brochure p=
ublished for the celebrations of 500 years of a carillon in Mechelen (1998)=
and entitled Vijf eeuwen klokkenkunst te Mechelen - whose exposition I att=
ended - there is an advertisement:

De Pere en Fils depuis 1715
Dominique Bollee
Fonderies de Clockes d'Orleans
F-45800 Saint Jean-de-Braye
Tel 33 238 862947

There are three photographs - one of the bourdon of Chartre (Indre) surroun=
ded by four generations of Bollees, one of an assmbled mould (very much the=
sort of thing that Cornille-Havard use/used), and one of a highly ornate b=
ell being lifted from the pit. The advert goes on to say that the firm "s'e=
st specialisee au moulage et a la coulee 'sur place' de plusieurs cloches d=
'un poids minimum de 1200 kg et d'un poids maximum de 2100 kg."

The advertisement (two pages) is one of many - including in their company J=
ohn Taylor Bellfounders and The Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd!

The brochure in an excellent read; if it is still in print (there is no ISB=
N) one can probably obtain it - or information how to get it - from the Roy=
al Carillon School 'Jef Denyn' in Mechelen, Belgium.

----- Original Message -----=20
From: LOVE, Dickon=20
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com=20
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 3:38 PM
Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] Re: Quarr Abbey

> isn't Kent near France, perhaps Dickon could leave G&J alone
> and chase these instead!!!

Too near! Mind you, there is a certain attraction in the prospect of goin=
through some foundry records that neither Cawley nor Pickford have eyed! =
have I spoken too soon?)



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