[Bell Historians] RE: Great Bells on Malta

jameshedgcock at hotmail.com jameshedgcock at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 20 22:33:10 BST 2013

 should say 'have not been sought.

---In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, <jameshedgcock at ...> wrote:

 The present silence, if it is still operative, has lasted more than five years. One wonders why the bell was put there and why alternative mechanisms have been sought. 
 It would appear to have been a waste of money. Who paid for it?

---In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, <davidl.cawley at ...> wrote:

 Apparently the chains suffer from exposure to the extremes of Mediterranean 
 sea air .....hence the present silence. The Seige Bell cast by John Taylor 
 Bellfounders Ltd in 1992 is 8' 8" diameter and weighed 235-2-24 as cast, 
 after tuning the despatched weight is 214-2-3; Nominal Frequency 314, 
 musical note Eb.
 It is the 2nd heaviest of these four 8' 8" bells from Loughborough, Great 
 Peter of York (1927) being slightly heavier; Washington Carillon Bass (1962) 
 and Ann Arbor, Michigan Bass (1935) being a little lighter. Interestingly, 
 The Seige Bell is the sharpest of the four, Washington next (310.8), Ann 
 Arbor (308) then Great Peter is 304.5. Andrew Higson gave me these and other 
 details back in 1993 when I was preparing a RW article on Great George of 
 Bristol, at that time being rehung by Taylors.
 No, the St Elena bell is large but by no means the largest in the world 
 hanging in a church tower - I think that the late Alan Blair would have soon 
 put her right on that one. There are still some mighty great bells hanging 
 in Russian church towers, and I gather that the Russian founders are hard at 
 work producing more of them. As to swinging bells, I think that the St 
 Peter's Bell in Cologne (Koln) takes the palm - it is in fact the largest of 
 a diatonic nine of various dates, inbcluding two huge medieval ones, 
 Preciosa and Speciosa

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