Great Malvern

George Dawson george at
Thu Mar 12 16:02:25 GMT 2009

Here in Leicestershire we had the similar frame at Ashby de la Zouch. The
bells were becoming very difficult to ring because of the movement of the
base timbers. A faculty was granted for the rehanging of the bells which
involved a redesigned frame on steel beams properly fixed to the tower using
the A frames for most of the bells except the tenor which was mounted on new
H castings. Others no doubt will comment on how well they go.




From: bellhistorians at [mailto:bellhistorians at]
On Behalf Of Bickerton, Roderic (SELEX GALILEO, UK)
Sent: 12 March 2009 15:49
To: bellhistorians at
Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] Great Malvern


Could it be that the whole thing has been miss handled?
There is no doubt that cast A frames on a very heavy steel grillage
could meet the highest standards of technical excellence, and ultimately
be more flexible with regard to future augmentations, than a low side

A frame design conserving the A frames, casting and adding new ones
could meet everyone's needs, and be aesthetically pleasing, but would be
unaffordable, in comparison to a modern low side replacement.

Surly the presented alternatives should have had equal technical merit,
and useful life, so that the real difference in cost was shown.

That would have put those wanting to retain as much of the old frame as
possible (just the A castings) in the position of justifying the
additional spend, and in the case of EH, take on board the additional


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