[Bell Historians] French clocks.

Andrew Aspland aaspland at I2nzhLdbQwiNbPY7wbRkTARZjpWPxypAmLvYc7hG4AKfiJZjl5SIA-2R1QLh3XFDsxoUZw23vuHI1I8D84I.yahoo.invalid
Mon Oct 29 23:49:37 GMT 2007

I was very surprised to hear the Cambridge Quarters in the Ile de France
(Just north of Paris) at St Denis.  They were quite sweet modern sounding
bells in the Mairie which is right next to the Basilica.  The very top note
was not working but unmistakeably the right tune.  Any others in the Paris
  -----Original Message-----
  From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of David Cawley
  Sent: 29 October 2007 18:54
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
  Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] French clocks.

  Dare one suggest that it is in case one didn't hear it the first time :)

  I've also seen it suggested that even if one did hear it first time round,
the number of blows may have been miscounted or partly missed - so one would
be able to listen carefully the second time round.

  It helped of course at 12.30 13.00 or 13.30 if there was a half-hour
single blow without quarters or separate bells, as the 13.00 bell would
strike twice; but would not have differentiated 12.30 and 13.30.

  Another interesting variation is where all the quarters were accompanied
by the preceding hour.

  Village Bells is recommended reading, but hard work, even in English.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Alan Buswell
    To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 1:59 PM
    Subject: [Bell Historians] French clocks.

    Seems a bit quiet at the moment so how about this?
    Why is it that some French clocks strike the hour twice? One hears it
the first time and then two minutes later it strikes again as if one had not
heard it the first time. I have read Alain Corbin's book 'Village Bells' but
there seems nothing in there to explain this.


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