[Bell Historians] Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Andrew Higson andrewhigson at ymail.com
Tue Feb 22 07:57:35 GMT 2022

Quickest way would be to ask someone at JT (probably CJP) to have a look at the job/tuning book information or lack thereof. Had a similar enquiry recently that was resolved in exactly that fashion. 

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On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 07:26, bill at hibberts.co.uk wrote:

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These bells are described in Church Bells of Gloucestershire as ‘seven largest bells maiden bells, treble with skirting’, and the back 7 (Rudhall 1722) are marked as historically important, presumably because they are maiden. I was looking at the nominal figures of these bells as part of a project I am doing, and wonder whether in fact the back 7 have been tuned.


Arguments in favour of tuning are:
   - The back 7 nominal frequencies are correct to within 3.5 cents of a temperament favoured by Taylors from the 1890s on
   - The bells hang in a frame which is probably Taylors 1891
   - The bell in this photograph https://tetburychurch.co.uk/have-you-heard-the-church-bells-yet-this-year-or-the-church-clock-striking-out-the-passing-of-time/ may have a band of tuning just below the clapper scar


Arguments against tuning are:
   - The treble is stretched by 35 cents (but perhaps wasn’t tuned if it had previously been skirted?)
   - The information in CBOG, arising from a visit on 20/8/1979 by Mary Bliss and AJC (Tony Cox?).


I think the bells weren’t tuned when worked on by Taylors in 1965, as the tuning marks would have been relatively fresh in 1979.


Does anyone have any better knowledge of this?




Bill H

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