Quick on the Job
mike at ...
Thu Jan 19 14:15:04 GMT 2006
Entering data into the Dove Bell Register threw up a question about
the date of casting of the peal at St Barnabas, Erdington.
On the sound basis of, "When in doubt about Warwickshire ask CJP", I
contacted Chris and he enlightened me about the fact that even though
the person this peal was given in memory of "only" died on 2/11/1903,
the bells themselves were cast by Taylors a week or so before
Christmas of the same year and were dedicated in mid-February 1904.
I understand that in a similar era the order for 6 bells for
Leamington RC was increased to one for 8 only a fortnight or so
before they were due to be hung.
This seems to be a level of service that would be difficult to match
these days. (Though the recasting of the back 3 into a front three
and a complete rehang at Hebburn was squeezed into their schedule by
Taylors in a similar time span in the 1980s. Job ordered in February
to be complete by the end of the financial year, IIRC)
In trepidation I ask, "Is this a record"? I suspect that itinerant
bellfounders might have had a rather quick turnaround, but for
a "fixed" foundry can this be beaten?
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