[Bell Historians] 3 bell restoration

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Mon Jan 21 10:22:04 GMT 2008

What really makes me see red is a 3 with full ring gear no longer really
safe for ringing but capable of being used as a swing chime for many
more years, "restored" by removing all ringing gear and fitting levers
to an otherwise unchanged installation, not even taking out crown
staples, yet alone fitting pillow blocks.
All this sometimes on an installation only needing a little  TLC to
bring it back, or at least stabilise it from further deterioration.

From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Peter Rivet
Sent: 20 January 2008 10:28
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] 3 bell restoration

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I agree - the trouble is that rehanging with chiming levers or hammers
costs a lot less.  We have three rings of 3 in the Lancaster area and
two of them do get used occasionally.  We also have chimes of six and
eight which so far as I am aware aren't used at all!
Peter Rivet

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	From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Colin Turner
	Sent: 20 January 2008 09:47
	To: nabbers at yahoogroups.com
	Cc: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
	Subject: [Bell Historians] 3 bell restoration

	I recently had the pleasure of ringing on the restored three
bells at Stirchley, Shropshire. The work here was carried out by Matthew
Higby et al, and rather unusually resulted in the bells being reinstated
for full circle ringing. The last time I heard of this being done was at
Downhead, Somerset, where the work was carried out by, er Matthew Higby.
	This is a most refreshing change, as nowadays most
"restorations" of lesser numbers involve hanging the bells dead or
fitting them with levers. I appreciate the additional cost involved in a
complete rehang, but often wonder that after an initial burst of
enthusiasm following conversion to chiming, how many towers with three
lever chimed bells actually use all three bells each week? I've not
heard of many active chiming bands, so my guess is that in most places a
single bell is used briefly before the service. So what has been
achieved? In a lot of cases nothing, a single bell that was chimed
anyway, is still heard once a week. 
	Does anybody have any thoughts - or hopefully evidence to
counter my musings?




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