[Bell Historians] St. Luke's, Chelsea
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Mon Oct 1 17:35:30 BST 2007
At 23:08 30/09/2007, David wrote:
>So far as I'm aware, opinions on St Luke's, Chelsea, don't vary - I've never
>heard anyone say anything in favour of them!
I don't think you will find many ringers in favour of keeping the
existing bells at St. Luke's - though I know at least one who claims
to appreciate their unique 'character'.
As I recall the problem with trying to tune the bells was that some
of the profiles are a bit peculiar.
The local ringers have been trying to get a sensible scheme (for a
lighter ring of ten, lower in the tower) off the ground there for
over twenty years. But I think that part of the problem in the past
has been the failure of the parish to sign on to the idea. Certainly
when I was involved with the restoration committee there was some
fairly vocal opposition to getting rid of the old bells from one or
two members of the congregation/PCC. The DAC Advisor (who was also
the Church Architect) was not in favour of the scheme. The ringers
had very little clout (partly, perhaps, because Chelsea is only rung
as part of a Sunday morning circuit and the ringers are based and
hold their regular practices elsewhere). Various learned and
professional opinions were sought in support of the ringers' case -
all to no avail (so far).
Money certainly wasn't the issue (maybe there are parallels with
Cornhill in that respect); Chelsea must be one of the wealthiest
parishes in the land.
When somebody pipes up with an emotive statement like "these are the
historic bells that Charles Dickens heard at his wedding" it can be
difficult to counter. Except, perhaps, to commiserate with poor Mr.
Dickens and express the hope that he wasn't charged too much for the pleasure.
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