[Bell Historians] Christ Church Cambridge MA

Laura Dickerson lauradi@rcn.com [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Sat Dec 31 13:03:13 GMT 2016

George Dawson wrote:

<<Talking of MIT they rang Plain Bob Major at Christ Church Cambridge MA 
for graduations in 1981 (RW 19/6/1981, p.528). As the bells in that 
church are hung American style, I assume it was on handbells? Anyone 
from that area & era remember anything??<<

     There is a chime of 13 bells at Christ Church (Henry Hooper, 
1860).  They certainly were from a US foundry, but I would have thought 
that a chime would have been hung the same anywhere, much like the way a 
typical carillon is hung (dead).  In the 1980s, at least, they had 
something similar to an Ellacombe apparatus.  I presume it's still like 
that, but I haven't been in the tower in ages.  There was a handbell 
band made up of parishioners, but there was a lot of overlap between 
those ladies and the handbell ringers of the MIT guild.  There also were 
occasions of change-chiming on the tower bells.  The procedure I recall 
is that it was treated like handbell ringing - each ringer had a pair of 
the cables (?) comparable to a handbell pair. Ringers lined up all in a 
row, trying not to bump elbows.  I suspect the PB in question was on 
handbells, but I  will try to track it down.  Or you could email me the 
names of the ringers, and I could ask one of them.

Laura Dickerson

Posted by: Laura Dickerson <lauradi at rcn.com>


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