[Bell Historians] Christ Church Cambridge MA
'George Dawson' email@example.com [bellhistorians]
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Sat Dec 31 15:53:09 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.
Theres no names mentioned in the article!
The bells are hung for swing chiming, with heavily balanced headstocks & full wheels but the clappers have loops on the bottom of the flights to connect to the Ellacombe rack. I have photos taken in November by Andrew Mills & chris Woodcock when they passed by.
Any further info is always appreciated.
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