[Bell Historians] Newport, Shropshire

Richard Offen richard.offen at g8ElSWemRGmkQNSYSVjRoeZgitXxukjRD2lvx7Qy5rqah95gnLLT4QixtLQL6cwZVsuF-Sqisq7p2qWsG0R2IAooEQ.yahoo.invalid
Mon Jun 29 15:11:08 BST 2009

Glad to see that a bit of provocation still causes the old WA dog to bark!


Of course all the counties listed by CD have SOME good rings - and I agree
that some of the worst Kentish rings have been improved by tuning or
"re-processing" in recent years - but the exceptions don't necessarily
invalidate the judgment. There's still a predominance of pretty grotty
sounding stuff in quite a few areas - and I'm not quite sure how East Anglia
escaped CD's condemnation (or perhaps it didn't and I'd just forgotten).


As to the best, I'd nominate Yorkshire - not only because it has a real
wealth of very fine rings, but also for the potential fun of watching the
tykes squabble over which Riding or what modern administrative area has the
best bells. Squabble among themselves, that is, after the War of the Roses
had ended with Lancashire conceding that although its best rings hold their
own in any contest their county still has more than its share of C18th and
C19th rings of indifferent character. 




Woof, woof .snarl!


Surely Devon must be pretty high up on the list too.


Strangely, I don't ever remember Dalton complaining about the tonal
qualities of East Anglian rings, although there would surely be plenty of
cause for him to have done so!



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