The Maplestead Mini-Ring

 



This portable ring of bells was made in 1997 by Matthew Higby, 
of Chilcompton Somerset, with the assistance of Kate Walker and Bob Parker.

The 8 bells hang in pairs in wooden frames, all mounted on top of a 4-legged fabricated steel tower.

The fittings consist of fabricated steel headstocks, counterbalanced clappers, wooden wheels and miniature bellropes with terylene top ends just like many church tower bell installations.

The bells were cast over-thick using modified handbell moulds by 
Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch.
 

Bell

Date Cast

Weight

 

1
(Treble)

1995

3.208kg 

(7lb 1oz)

 

2

1996

3.208kg 

(7lb 1oz)

 

3

1995

3.150kg 

(6lb 15oz)

 

4

1995

3.576kg 

(7lb 14oz)

 

5

1995

3.349kg 

(7lb 6oz)

 

6

1995

3.859kg 

(8lb 8oz)

 

7

1997

4.399kg 

(9lb 11oz)

 

8
(Tenor)

1997

3.916kg 

(8lb 10oz)

Key F#  (727Hz)

 Having travelled widely in the UK with Matthew, they were used for several years by ringers near St. Benoit, Normandy, France and at Shalford in Essex.

They were at Great Maplestead from 2003 till 2010, Deeping St James near Peterborough in South Lincolnshire till 2013, and are now based at Welford in Northamptonshire.

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Alistair Donaldson
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