[Bell Historians] Great Malvern Priory
John H Allen
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Thu Mar 12 19:59:12 GMT 2009
Surely we haven't reached the stage where there is an automatic preference
for preserving absolutely everything regardless?
Sadly David, I think we have.
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"It's interesting to see how the argument is shifting. I've still seen no
justification given as to why on earth EH want to keep the old frame in the
Indeed. Some have said that the church didn't give sufficient reason why
they wanted to get rid of it, but why should the church have to? Surely we
haven't reached the stage where there is an automatic preference for
preserving absolutely everything regardless? As I see it, the argument
should be the other way round. If someone or an organization (be it EH or
whoever) wants to preserve something then they should be the ones who need
to provide the justification - and I don't think EH have provided sufficient
justification here. If the frame was very rare it would be understandable -
but it isn't. Perhaps even if it was a particularly good example of its
type - but again it isn't.
" It is even stated by David Bryant in a posting yesterday that EH
themselves own a church with a tower containing one of these very frames. "
Temple Church, Bristol. I believe there is also an empty one in the CCT's
Holy Trinity, Blackburn.
If examples of this type of frame are to be preserved, surely the attention
should be on the two empty ones as they aren't causing anyone any problems,
or on particularly good examples which don't adversely affect the go of the
bells. I would tentatively suggest the modified 10-bell frame at
Peterborough Cathedral, which also contains some H castings. It has been
somewhat altered (tenor pit removed to make space for the trebles of 12),
but it's in good condition, shows the beginning of the transition to H
castings, and, so far as I recall, the bells go well.
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