Great Bells of Britain

Bill Hibbert bill at
Mon Nov 20 20:30:44 GMT 2006

I note the debate there has been about the update this year of the 
RW 'Great Bells' list. It was certainly not my intention to cause any 
offence (to DLC in particular) and if such has been caused I 
apologise. I can appreciate what a big task it must have been to 
create the original list from its many sources.

Someone else (not on this list) was originally asked to do the update 
to the list in the diary and my advice was sought when he declined. I 
was given the impression that the list had not been updated for some 
years, and so I started with the nearest diary that came to hand 
(1997). David was not acknowledged that year and I'm afraid I was 
unaware of his previous involvement.

In my defence I did seek the opinions of this list (in April, as I 
recall) and was given help by several subscribers, especially as 
regards the existence or otherwise of the Sunderland bell.

As has been pointed out, the criterion for inclusion in the diary is 
the need to fit the list on two pages. In these days of scalable 
fonts that's not the problem it once was, and there is a convenient 
break at 50cwt. According to my calculations the larger of the new 
Cobh bells should join the list at 2 tons 16 cwt 3 qr 22 lbs and I 
will add it.


Bill H


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