Bell ringing

Started by: i-spy (14716) 

I tried it a couple of times but in the end I decided it had no appeal.
It gave me a headache and sore arms.

Started: 19th Aug 2013 at 21:21

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Try Campanology instead. Less energetic.

Replied: 19th Aug 2013 at 21:49

Posted by: raymyjamie (6416)

ispy I would've thought bellringing wpuld have 'a peal'.

Replied: 19th Aug 2013 at 22:15

Posted by: raymyjamie (6416)

Did you hear about the monk ringing the bell in the monastery. His habit came open at the front and the bellrope got fast round his old man. He got tolled off.

Replied: 19th Aug 2013 at 22:18

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

Replied: 19th Aug 2013 at 22:20

Posted by: dustaf (inactive)

They've been well at it earlier (Mon Eve) at the Parish Church.

Which, incidentally, has an big clock that is more or less 1 min 25 seconds slow.

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 01:28

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 09:11

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

'headache and sore arms'

Perhaps practising with dumbbells first might help, I-spy. It's good to have you back.

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 11:37

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

that's very kind of you jo anne. it's nice to be back.
I did once invest in some chest expanders as a teenager to prevent sand being kicked in my face.
I can tell you they are not recommended if you have a hairy chest.

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 12:38

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

Thinking about bell ringing - if I had the opportunity I'd grasp it with both hands.
(I'm usually quite quiet but am feeling rebellious. "Power to the steeple!" )

And if I could be a muezzin - there wouldn't be a minuret's peace.

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 17:24

Posted by: dustaf (inactive)

Never yet had me hands on a sally.

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 22:32

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

You've yet to pull one then, Dostaf?

n pl -lies
(Music, other) the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip
[perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally1 leaping movement]

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 22:41

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

you've made it sound so exciting jo anne that I might just try again

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 23:09

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

Why not, I-spy?! Hope you can give it a ringing endorsement second time round.

(Have you really done it before?!)

Two belfries(?) I saw yesterday - can you guess where I was?

Replied: 20th Aug 2013 at 23:33

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

I give up.It's driving me bat-ty.

Replied: 21st Aug 2013 at 16:27

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

Liverpool, I-spy.

On the left, inside the Anglican Cathedral Tower & on the right, bells of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Replied: 21st Aug 2013 at 16:50
Last edited by jo anne: 21st Aug 2013 at 16:51:54

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

I haven't taken up bell ringing or calling to prayer as yet, I-spy, so remain a rebel without a cord/call.

Have you made moves to ensure there will be peals in our time?

'We are in the process of rebuilding our band of bell ringers.

Practice is Monday at 7.30pm.and the bells are rung before the 9.30am Parish Communion on Sundays

The ring of ten bells is renowned throughout the country as being one of the finest.

Dostaf - any further news of the times and chimes of Wigan Parish Church?

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 13:00

Posted by: mache (inactive)

Ring and ask

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 13:02

Posted by: mache (inactive)

Two rings should make a right

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 13:04
Last edited by mache: 23rd Aug 2013 at 13:04:46

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

I know what'll get Dostaf's attention, Mache - Ding Dong (Avon Calling)

Ringing bells could signal the right time and the rite time, Mache.

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 13:22

Posted by: dostaf (inactive)

One minute fifty five (ish) slow at the moment.

New thread time. (Town Crier)

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 14:31

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

if you stick hold of the rope is it a ring and ride

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 14:40

Posted by: dustaf (inactive)

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 16:05

Posted by: jo anne (32741) 

A rung made a flight.

Replied: 23rd Aug 2013 at 16:40

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

I like this thread

Replied: 12th Jun 2017 at 22:55

Posted by: priscus (8272)

Aren't you a bit old for ringing bells and running off?

Replied: 13th Jun 2017 at 11:26

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

that got me thinking priscus and I can't remember a single doorbell in our street when I was a little 'un.
It was tap latch for us

Replied: 15th Jun 2017 at 12:50

Posted by: priscus (8272)

Yes, when I whur a kid, we had a shop. Shop bell, was first door bell known to me, and it was activated by a system of piano wire running over pulleys. Like the posh Victorian houses' bell pulls that are still occasionally evident.

Replied: 15th Jun 2017 at 14:38

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

A bellringer who was flung into the air and fell 20ft during a practice session is suing the church.

Steven Tomsett broke both ankles in the accident when he was wrenched off his feet while bellringing.

“I was pulled quickly up into the air and just remember looking down and seeing everybody’s faces looking up at me,” Mr Tomsett said.

I'm glad I gave up

Replied: 22nd Nov 2018 at 11:38

Posted by: priscus (8272)

Back in the early 1970's, I watched them re-cast a bell at Taylor's Bell Foundry, in Loughborough. I believe it was for a cathedral in Czechoslovakia.

Fascinating, unchanged ancient technology. Recipe for the material used to manufacture the mould a secret, but I recall horse dung being amongst the ingredients.

Took days to cool down.

Then, tuned entirely by ear. Bell too big for any lathe of which I am aware, so the cutting tool itself mounted on apparatus to constrain it to a circular locus.

The place is now the only remaining bell foundry in Britain, and also a working museum.


Taylor's Bell Tuning Lathe.

Replied: 24th Nov 2018 at 19:39
Last edited by priscus: 24th Nov 2018 at 19:45:12

Posted by: priscus (8272)

The Laura Spellman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, at The Riverside Church, Upper Manhattan, New York City has 74 bells.

I do not know if this is a record.

Anyone know of a tower with more than 74?

Replied: 24th Nov 2018 at 20:50

Posted by: Anne (3792) 

Didn't know The Whitechapel foundry had been sold. Just looked it up, not half some history there.

Replied: 24th Nov 2018 at 21:14

Posted by: priscus (8272)

Well, I have learned that 74 is not a record.

There are a couple of towers with 77 bells. One in US, and one in South Korea.

Replied: 26th Nov 2018 at 01:24

Posted by: priscus (8272)

Replied: 1st Feb 2019 at 20:38


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