[Bell Historians] Whitechapel charges

Richard Offen richard.offen at IesfStNmkXlqrb1l8ippLC7iO8mUFq6ZrkB8A3gPM1ewvr_j39qGs-jkxnBLcBN4UF_GMIgIgn734lBd2zBDYsq04CUR.yahoo.invalid
Fri Mar 19 23:04:05 GMT 2010

David has recalled Whitechapel's commercial decision absolutely  

Whatever one may think about the charge, it certainly doesn't appear  
to have affected the financial viability of the firm, which has kept  
going during periods when other firms have experienced extreme  
difficulties and even gone to the wall.


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On 20/03/2010, at 3:06 AM, "David Cawley"  
<davidl.cawley at Rptv2MN75iKL9J5sr7M1iDgBVQvfXtudWtzvveuW-sFKHTUhv6KOePrUT3Ya6TlElRnPpU4aCN9wmbNkt2tgJBWo0cvAEvo.yahoo.invalid> wrote:

> I recall - in the mid 70's, I think - the late Bill Hughes telling  
> me that Whitechapel were going to start charging for Inspections and  
> Reports. He said that it was amazing how many times they were called  
> out, prepared a Report and Estimate(s) and then heard nothing, not  
> even an acknowledgment, from the church or individual concerned, all  
> without charge. They would therefore be charging for visits to cover  
> expenses and expertise: the charge to be deducted from the account  
> if an order was placed. I hope that my recollection is accurate at  
> this interval of time, and it seems perfectly fair.
> I know that Taylors used to make a charge in certain cases,  
> especially those involving the installation and maintenance of  
> chimes and carillons, though their present practice in this respect  
> seems to accord with the bellhangers, as Matthew Higby has stated in  
> regard to his Company.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Richard Grimmett
> To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 6:18 PM
> Subject: [Bell Historians] Whitechapel charges
> Is it usual policy for Whitechapel to charge a fee (of £80 for us) to
> visit a tower when asked to quote for a new ring of bells?
> I have not come across this before (not that I have done or been
> involved with many projects). Other companies are not making any  
> charge.
> The £80 would be offset should they be awarded the job.
> What is the experience of others on the list please?
> Thanks
> Richard Grimmett
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