Taylors 'Grimthorpe' bells

davidhird_uk davidhird_uk at ...
Fri Jan 6 21:55:15 GMT 2006

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "Richard Offen" 
<richard at s...> wrote:
> We're back on to the old question of whether old bells that sound 
> dreadful should be tuned or not? Whether of great historical 
> significance or not, why should a parish be expected to put up 
> something inferior for the sake of pleasing a few 
> Would previous generations have been as concerned? Answer: 
> not. Did those generations, by their actions, add to the 
> richness of our present bell heritage? Answer: almost certainly!
> A certain amount of devil's advocacy is involved in my answers 
> and I honestly don't think that there is a right or wrong answer, 
> whatever anyone may tell you!
> By all accounts, most Grimthorpe style rings were pretty dreadful, 
> it's not surprising that most places wanted rid of them! If they 
> helped Taylors to reach their significant discoveries at the end 
> the nineteenth century and resulted in the replacement of 
> rings with such glories as the twelve at Worcester Cathedral, then 
> should not mourn their loss but be thankful they were a means to 
> end!
> Richard

Exactly. Like the argument about keeping crappy bell frames that no 
one ever sees.

Let those that want to preserve these things buy them and keep them 
for preservation themselves. That way everyone wins.



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