[Bell Historians] Handbells

John David johnedavid@hotmail.com [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Wed Jun 6 20:22:42 BST 2018

Hi All

A (non-ringing) friend spotted on the Mirfield Auction website a set of handbells.

It seems to me rather strange to have a straight diatonic 15, two octaves with no semitones - too many for change ringing and no accidentals which makes most tunes unsatisfactory.

The description from the website follows

John David


"Set of 15 hand bells from Mears of London in very good condition, contained in a magnificent wooden trunk. The donor supplied the following information:

The box of hand-bells, 2 octaves in E minor (or major(?)) most probably acquired by my Grandfather, all his life a country parson in Lincolnshire, ordained Priest, I think, by Bp Wordsworth around 1880, died just after Easter at home in 1918: for 8 years a curate in Sleaford, then Vicar of North Summercoates, then of Kettlethorpe, made Canon under Bp Edward King. My Grandmother lived in Sleaford. Somewhere there he may have found the bells."
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