[Bell Historians] Magna Carta and ringing at Bath Abbey

Mark Regan markregan at dSL1Q5DTyeZ_AmnCCwdYbQ25EItHMSbm4f_ltJ5xKDc30fGpLQC1S3eiX7_PcNPrC-KtPZ9lKAC0EtI.yahoo.invalid
Wed Sep 9 16:53:56 BST 2009

Next time I see my friend Alan Taylor at EH on a DAC matter, I'll incite
Magna Carta if we can't find a way forward.


More information please!




Mark Regan

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-----Original Message-----
From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com [mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Peter Whisker
Sent: 09 September 2009 16:50
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Bell Historians] Magna Carta and ringing at Bath Abbey



I was at Bath Abbey recently and came across a tale that in the early 
15th Century, the bell ringers were having problems with the local town 
council who were trying to stop them ringing when they pleased. 
(Familiar story?)

Anyway, they were apparently planning to cite the Magna Carta in court 
which they claimed backed up their freedom to ring when they wanted to. 
I think that it never got that far, but it's an interesting if not 
desperate attempt to thwart the civil power!

I wonder what a local Borough Council would make of this today! (We in 
Chertsey are under the benevolent auspices of Runnymede Borough Council 
too for good measure!)

Does anyone know more about the facts of this 15th century case?

Peter Whisker

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