[Bell Historians] Rings in floors

Bryan McCahey b.mccahey at IYesLTZ2cmt7hGr40i1jBxR7pslZHTnDt0l6Ucn8CSc2q-w4TDSwnEDWNTkEwUqiIBXYO_pdREam.yahoo.invalid
Sat Jan 30 11:35:29 GMT 2010

Pierhead, Liverpool, has heavy iron rings attached to staples in the wall at floor level in all four corners of the ringing chamber. For want of a better explanation, I have often wondered if they were used to lash the ropes to when the former Ellacombe chiming apparatus was used. The bells weren't rung full-circle for many years until they were restored by Warners in 1911.

Bryan McCahey

From: Andrew Aspland <aaspland at k3PNcQCeUug8wgae26bfigUhmZbInY3_Zku6YqQE7keFBW1VkqlXAyFti4NFpKMXXhoX0Tm34dPvZg.yahoo.invalid>
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Subject:  Historians] Rings in floors

Ripon Cathedral there is a modern bell on the central tower.  It replaces 
an earlier bell and at the base of the pillar there is an iron ring which was 
associated with the rope for the former bell - infact there is also evidence of 
a previous iron ring.  There is a similar ring at the base of the 
south-west tower where there have been bells for several centuries.  Also 
in the present ringing chamber floor there are a number of wooden "patches" and 
in an old photograph reveals they were the sites of yet more iron 
are clearly to do with bells and the ringing of bells.  Has anybody any 
clue as to their manner of use?

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