[Bell Historians] Tower Classification required

Richard Smith richard@ex-parrot.com [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Thu Apr 14 11:16:30 BST 2016

Dickon Love dickon at lovesguide.com [bellhistorians] wrote:

> Alan, do you know what the word "secular" means?

"Living ‘in the world’ and not in monastic seclusion", 
according to the OED.  So for example, in mediæval times, 
Canterbury Cathedral was a monastic foundation, while York 
Minster was a secular foundation:  Canterbury was governed 
by a prior, while York was governed by a dean.  Does that 
mean that Buckfast Abbey is the only ring of bells in 
England that is not secular?

There is a serious point to this.  Unless you first define 
what you mean by secular, how can you hope to make a 
definitive list of secular rings?  And without a clear 
purpose for the list, how do we know what the appropriate 
definition is?


Posted by: Richard Smith <richard at ex-parrot.com>


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