Fen Ditton

George Dawson george at nFGXMODL7WCKADD3Ke_fKwF5skYUwS-2BXKch-jGZdb-1SHBz4KkOoX8PAV1pcO1lIA1f7pe13B9aAZc8xdDhItGqA.yahoo.invalid
Wed May 2 14:14:48 BST 2007

Each pair were traded in by third parties for augmentations!

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On Behalf Of David Cawley
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 1:54 PM
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Very pleased to have these details; thanks George.
The destruction of the bells in credit neither to Taylors nor their new

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Subject: [Bell Historians] Fen Ditton

All 4 went through the Loughborough furnaces. I saw the lighter 2 in July
1984 & the heavier 2 in July 1986.
For collectors of data:
1 30.5" 5.0.16
2. 33.375" 6.2.12
3.    7.3.24
4.    9.3.27

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yahoogroups.com [mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of David
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 5:38 PM
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The old ring of five at Fen Ditton was one of those remarkable rings by none
other than T C Lewis. Or at least the back four were. Tenor about 11 cwt.
There is no mention of the treble in Ranald Clouston's notes, which state
that they were "dispersed" in 1982.
There is a part of an inscription band inscribed T : C : L : in the bell
foundry museum at Loughborough; it is supposed to be part of one of the Fen
Ditton bells.
No doubt the G&J bells are very good, but for what it's worth, I think that
the destruction of a T C Lewis ring is an act of vandalism: or were they
dispersed, other than to the pot?

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From: Philip Denton <mailto:philip_denton at OQh1cjwPS8EE0irjIw39iygetJpOxfZOiL4PMNbDi7G9tHd0Td2FSVTqrgVYgqRpX_qydO4lzmu7cIKGOAat8aU.yahoo.invalid>  
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Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:25 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Fen Ditton

Following a recent visit to Fen Ditton, here is the information I have
gathered so far. I would be grateful for any corrections and/or additions!
According to the information displayed in the tower, and from local ringers,
the previous ring of 5 with wooden frame was replaced in 1982 with a ring of
8 in a metal frame, installed by John Gipson.
The ring of 8 were a chime at St. James, Oldham, cast by Gillett & Johnston
1930. In 1991, Eayre & Smith replaced the 2 trebles with Eijsbouts bells.
I have seen at least two different sets of weights for the G&J bells, and no
weights at all for the Eijsbouts bells. Does anyone have the correct
There were 2 semitone bells in the chime at Oldham. I gather the flat 2nd is
still there; what happened to the flat 5th?
Apparently, of the 2 trebles replaced in 1991, the treble went to the RC
church at Ribchester, the 2nd to St. Mary's Anglican Girl's School,
Karrinyup, Perth, Australia. 
Was the pre-1982 ring of 5 scrapped or relocated? I gather that this ring
was installed after the tower was rebuilt in 1881. Is there any information
about these bells at all?
Apparently the 5 pre-1881 bells were in storage before or during the
rebuilding of the tower, and 4 of them were destroyed by fire. The surviving
bell, by William Halsey 1623, is listed by Raven as the treble of 5, and is
preserved on the floor at the base of the tower.
Any further information would be greatly appreciated.



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