St Andrew's & St George's Church

 

Ropes for Chiming the Bells

Ropes for Chiming the Bells at St Andrew's & St George's church, East End of George Street, Edinburgh

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Photograph taken 8 September 1994

 

Natural light and a long exposure was used for this photograph. Other photos of these ropes used flash photography.

The zoom lens includes a very wide angle of view, but distorts the edges.  The 'curved' walls at the left and right are, in fact, vertical.

 

St Andrew's & St George's Church

My visit to the church

This photograph was taken with a fish-eye lens when I visited St Andrew's and St George's Church and several other Edinburgh churches with the Edinburgh clock-winder in September 1994.

The clock-winder works for Ritchie, clock and watchmakers, who have held the contract for winding public clock in several prominent churches and other public buildings in the centre of Edinburgh, and for setting the time-ball on the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.

Ringing the Changes and Chiming the Bells

During the 18th and 19th century, the bells of St Andrew's & St George's church were rung in changes, with the bells rotating through a full circle.

The change ringing ceased in 1903, when the bells were thought not to be in a fit state to continue.

Instead, small clappers were attached to the bells, allowing them to be used to play hymn tunes, as in the picture above

.Ropes for chiming the bells in St Andrew's & St George's church

The bells have now [September 2003] been taken down from the church steeple, and are being returned to Whitechapel Bell Foundry for refurbishment and retuning.

  St Andrew's & St George's Church  -  September 2003  -  Removing the Bells - 2

They will then be re-hung in a metal frame in a new bell chamber in the church steeple, so that change ringing might be heard again, one day, from the church.

 

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