Bell restoration/tuning

George Dawson george at
Fri Oct 16 17:48:11 BST 2009

Can I point out that Dr Knight is (or was) a subscriber to this list!!



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He spoke at the Perspectives conference at Worcester and again took the
"Early Music" stance.  I pointed out that there weren't ringers going around
seeking out complete untouched 17th century peals on which to perform
authentic six-scores of Grandsire Doubles so his argument didn't stand.  He
replied that other musicians were envious of ringers having early bells
still in existence (but not presumably in use if the conservation lobby have
their way over the bell frame in which they hang).





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[mailto:bellhistorians at]On Behalf Of Alan Taylor
Sent: 16 October 2009 10:38
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David was involved in writing the report on the bells of St Luke's Chelsea.
This said in essence, that the bells shouldn't be recast as they were a
complete Mears 10. But, as the two trebles were so dreadful, two new trebles
could be cast to replace them. The two old bells would have to be hung dead.

The writers of the report didn't seem to notice that to follow their advice
the bells would no longer be a Mears 10. 



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I knew David as a (rather dull) musicologist, with interests in organs
in particular.  He has been working for one of the conservation
bodies, but so far as I know has no formal trained knowledge of bells
or bellringing.


2009/10/15 jimhedgcock <jameshedgcock at
<> >
> Can anyone tell me the authority with which a certain Dr. David Knight
speaks on these matters?

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