Bells that never were ...

Mike Chester mike at
Thu Apr 7 08:42:54 BST 2011

--- In bellhistorians at, "radiosteve999" <yahoogroups at ...> wrote:
> This is my first post to this fascinating group so please be gentle with me and accept advanced apologies for my random ramblings!
> I've always been intrigued by structures that appear to have been built with bells in mind and yet have seemingly never acquired any.
> One example local to me would be Stourbridge Old Library which has a beautiful clock tower topped with a cupola that's just screaming for an hour bell to be hung in it but as far as I'm aware it's never actually had one (unless someone here knows differently).
> I've seen other similar examples around the country, mainly municipal buildings rather than churches I suppose, and wondered what the story is. Have bells originally installed subsequently been removed for some reason or are they 'bells that never were' so to speak?
> I'm guessing it's quite a common situation so just wondered what the thoughts of others would be on the subject.
> Regards,
> Steve.

I suspect that there are many, many cases such as these.

shows the clock tower at Coventry City Council House - it even has the louvers to let out the sound of the non-existant clock chime!



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