[Bell Historians] Spain Madrid

Nick Bowden nickwbowden at talktalk.net
Thu Sep 26 23:55:59 BST 2013

From: Kevin Jones
Spain, Madrid, Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, (The Royal Church), 
(Torre Sur, South Tower),
8, 7-0-12 in Ab, - Unringable, There is no floor under the bells, There is a 
spiral staircase in the centre of
the ringing chamber with a 3 feet high steel railing.
The second, fourth & sixth have no wheels. (Torre Norte, North Tower)
11, 11-1-2 in F, - Unplayable chime, All the bells were cast by John Warner 
& Sons in 1882.

I don't think the installation was ever completed but with all the British 
ExPats living in Spain
they should be restored.




According to the report on the bells by Ranald Clouston in 1956
and looking at the pictures taken in 2006, the 2nd, 4th and 6th are now the 
only bells with wheels. It is the treble, 3rd, 5th, 7th and tenor that are 
now without wheels.


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