Andrew Aspland aaspland at pt3XaXJrkgG23PzsATUwgvEQJSSqSx6jiYSdLXEezPUAkm3GSmFqXIZGQ_ouIGAUFFpIygRg9PIg6pZs.yahoo.invalid
Mon Jan 21 17:05:52 GMT 2008

Not history but would the learned list care to comment on this quote from an
Ecclesiaistical Insurance Senior Underwriter:

"The reasons that we prefer that the bells are left in the 'down' position
are as follows:
"1. From the material damage point of view, if the bells are left in the
'up' position and a fire actually gets up into the tower above the bells,
then debris will fall down into the bells themselves, rather than just
bounce off them and fall to the ground.

"Then, the weight of the debris and the bells combined could cause serious
damage not only to the bells but also potentially damage the bell frame, if
not to the structure of the tower itself, and bearing in mind that you have
quite a lot of bells then it could prove a real danger to the structure of
your church."

This sounds like the idea of someone who has no idea of what it is like in a
bell tower - and the last paragraph describes such a disasterous scenario
that the bells being up or down would have little bearing on the matter.


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