[Bell Historians] Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Phil Watts pag.watts at btinternet.com
Tue Feb 22 10:32:11 GMT 2022

Highgrove, Doughton (pronounced “Dufton” by some locally), mentioned in the text as the home of the Yatman family who commissioned the new tower in 1890-91, is of course Highgrove House, now the country home of the Prince of Wales.






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Thanks Ken. I hadn't ventured beyond the photo page. Clearly a Gillett installation, completed in 1893. No, they wouldn't have taken the bells away for tuning at that date (not until about 1907).

I did find that the work done in 1965 was authorised by Archdeacon's Certificate (not a full faculty) so must have been fairly limited


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Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Tetbury, Gloucestershire
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The link from the photo provided by Bill states G&J were paid £200 for the bell work in the 1890's (& carried out work re the clock etc.)

Have-you-heard-the-bells.pdf (tetburychurch.co.uk) <https://tetburychurch.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Have-you-heard-the-bells.pdf> 

Were they machine tuning bells then?


On 22/02/2022 07:25, bill at hibberts.co.uk <mailto:bill at hibberts.co.uk>  wrote:

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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