[Bell Historians] Basildon bell tower

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Mon Sep 28 16:08:34 BST 2009

Advice has been taken on sound control but the solution is far from easy, particularly as the visual aspect of the tower is so important. The floor membrane between the bells and ringers is such that there has to be a gap between the glass and the floor(making the bells loud inside as well as out). It has been suggested that a glass cone be constructed above the bells with a means of raising and lowering it for sound control purposes, difficult in itself because the clearances between the larger bell clappers and the glass is very small.and has the additional downside, apart from the expense, of directing all the sound downwards on the ringers making the bells impossibly loud inside.

Another unusual feature of the installation is that all the bells have canon retaining headstocks even though only the fifth and tenor bells have canons, again done for visual effect.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sue Marsden 
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 12:53 PM
  Subject: Re: [SPAM] [Bell Historians] Basildon bell ower

    >Did you listen to the bells outside, they are extremely noisy.
  >Although a peal attempt on Sunday afternoon is a possibility it has been thought unwise to attempt it.


  > Sounds like no one has been prepared to do all things necessary to organise a "first on the bells".
  > First you need a date that is a suitably auspicious local occasion that both church and council deem it appropriate.
  > Then there is the question of which ringers have"rights" regarding the "first on the bells".
  > It could take years to put together and the organiser could well find he would not get a rope after all those who "should" ring were included, and still blamed by others who thought they had more "right" to be in it than some with ropes.

  So why has sound control not been installed?


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