[Bell Historians] Re: Lichfield

John H Allen john at qriS_hw5c7oOJea24hZUPMA7tqQx_VOqng53OiNKxOOneJIdxo05cVB052qkTQviQhyh-O2-M34E.yahoo.invalid
Thu Mar 12 18:55:42 GMT 2009



The Freemasons offered the money to provide a new frame in 1947. It is said
that the then Cathedral Architect Charles Nicholson would not agree to a new
frame 'because the steel frame would spoil the tone of the bells'! There has
never been any plan to augment to 12.


We have looked at the other tower, which is the Song School, but the problem
is greater than that. The internal design of the tower is such that there is
no bell chamber and no clock room. There is an internal roof at bell frame
level, as there is in the central tower so I guess that the SW tower roof
was removed in 1688. The cost of conversion to say nothing of the disruption
makes it a non starter.








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It would be interesting to know why the old frame was not replaced when the
bells were recast. I can't imagine that there was a shortage of money with
the Free Masons being the donors(?). Also I have heard it said that they are
heavy for their note because there was a plan to make them twelve. If the
old frame had to be retained, and I can't think that there were
conservationists about with such clout at that time, was any thought given
to putting them in a new frame in the other tower? I gather that this is not
an option now because the N.W. tower is fitted out as a practice area for
the choir.

> It is said that the ringers
> are happy which is not the case. The simple fact is that certain bells are
very difficult to
> ring and matters are getting worse.
> Peals of Royal
> which were rung in the past in 3 hours 10 are now taking 3 20+ because the
> back end ringers are unable to ring at that speed.
> > 

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