[Bell Historians] "Wright Jones apparatus" (Belmont)

Sam Austin sam0austin at wSwYLjto8_xmMeTOOjBZDco6HKSpQA03-om8qu45pAYbwOhVT-HvnDAnlFZ-oTgVmo6RnEdgfVxLxwoSm1my.yahoo.invalid
Tue Jan 12 18:40:20 GMT 2010

I visited Belmont some years ago aged 10 or 11. It was an autumnal night,
getting dark, the fog was rolling in from the moors and one could not see
the church from the lychgate, very spooky.  Suddenly, a great metallic
crashing noise was being emitted from the void where church should have
been, it sounded like a blacksmith at work. Listening more closely, the
'crashes' were different pitches. It was of course the bells being chimed.

There are two staircases in the tower. I chose one and ascended, and found
six steel bells hung rigid, horizontally (i.e. the mouths facing the wall)
at 90 degree angles in two rows of three. The clappers were hung from the
centre of the bells in the usual manner, but were resting on the bottom
lips. Cords were attached to each clapper and were directed over each bell
and down through the floor below.

The other staircase led to the ringing room where there where in six cords
with toggles,  the cords being of the variety used on shutter blinds. On
some wooden panelling written in chalk were some hymn tunes in numerical
notation. The action required to sound the bell was to pull on the cord, and
let go. This lifted the clapper and dropped it onto the bell, where it
rested. The cords fell in a similar manner to a conventional rope circle,
hence it required three people to chime all six bells, one cord in each

Referring to the original question, there is no chiming apparatus as such,
but the way the installation has been rigged up surely must be unique.

The visit was arranged by Bryan McCahey ( a member of this list), perhaps he
could correct any details I may have misremembered and maybe supply a photo?


On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM, John <Dovemaster at 7-e_a49zfvRG4RIzll-hnHb-bGQ2ZZc4t8jR6UQBEXuzmWk1FAEhg7Bhjbv_q-LBbphSiFui4mdHnxdTPq5YqEss.yahoo.invalid> wrote:

> I received an enquiry today from a historian parishioner dealing with the 6
> steel bells at Belmont, Lancs.
> Inter alia, he said ...
> > these are fixed and according to the detailed financial statement which
> we still have, are rung using "Wright Jones apparatus patent 15".
> - a form of chiming apparatus which I have never heard of previously (nor
> has GAD). The first 100 results of a Google search on "Wright Jones
> apparatus bell" has produced nothing of relevance.
> If anyone knows of any documented reference to what this is (I infer a sort
> of Ellacombe variant), I would be pleased to learn more. It dates from 1860
> according to the enquiry and so it is possibly contemporary with Ellacombe's
> design.
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