DISCUSSION. ON THE PROCESS OF RAISING AND HANGING THE BELLS IN THE CLOCK TOWER AT THE NEW PALACE, WESTMINSTER
Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Mr. ARTHUR FRY said, he was not practically acquainted with the art of bell-founding ; he could only inform the Meeting, that Messrs. Warner and Sons attributed the fracture of their bell, to the enormous weight of the hammers with which it had been struck. Mr. QUARM had noticed, at various times, in the striking of the present large bell, a difference of sound. When the hammer did not rest upon the bell after the blow, the sound was good and clear; but if the hammer was not immediately
... d by the recoiling apparatus, and was thus allowed to rest, on the bell, it produced a chattering and a numbness in the sound which impeded the 'vibrations, and, to use the technical expression, stunned ' the bell. The Rev. W. Taylor, he believed, was also of opinion, that the chattering of the hammer upon a bell operated most prejudicially upon the sound, as well as upon the bell itself. If a bell 1 Mr. Loseby, at the commencement of the discussion, offered some remarks on the subject, but as they have been already published in several scientific periodicals, Minutes of Proceedings. they are, by the Bye-Lams, Section xiv., clause 3, precluded from appearing in the Downloaded by  on [12/09/16].