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PhilipInCoventry
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1 of 318  Sun 11th Sep 2011 7:00pm  
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Yesterday, I received a tip-off that our cathedral bells were going to be rung for an hour, around midday today. I went along in plenty of time, seated myself inside the old cathedral and was treated to the most glorious sound & when the bells of Holy Trinity joined in it was a sound that I had never heard in my life before. I can't convey the sound on here, but I hope these pics will generate a sense of the occasion to you, that I felt as the statement the bells sent out was that we are still here. Most Coventrians over the age of seventy I am sure will confirm that.
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dutchman
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2 of 318  Sun 11th Sep 2011 8:59pm  
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Nice pics Philip Cheers I love those sun-bleached benches and hope they're not replaced by the modern impersonal types you see elsewhere.
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Dreamtime
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3 of 318  Mon 12th Sep 2011 4:14am  
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Thank you for the beautiful photos Philip. My granddaughter has not long returned from Coventry and said:- Gran as soon as you walk into the old cathedral the history jumps out at you and you just have to sit and look at the wonder of it all. I was so glad she made the visit and to hear her thoughts of such a beautiful place. If only those lovely old stone walls could talk!!
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Tricia
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4 of 318  Mon 12th Sep 2011 11:25am  
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Once again loved the photos. I presume the bells were being rung in memory of 9/11 - what a great gesture.
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PhilipInCoventry
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5 of 318  Mon 12th Sep 2011 2:25pm  
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The bells are rung most Sundays at noon, but the ringing yesterday was special, & to hear Holy Trinity bells at the same time must have taken some planning. When the ringing paused, I could hear distant bells, that might have even been St. Thomas on the Keresley Rd. Thumbs up
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Elaine
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6 of 318  Mon 12th Sep 2011 7:13pm  
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Could you have heard the bells from Christ the King? They are a fairly new addition to the church and ring at 9am, noon and 6pm as well as for weddings and funeral.
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PhilipInCoventry
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7 of 318  Tue 20th Sep 2011 4:05pm  
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This is the part of the Cathedral ruins that is in the news just now. A crack has appeared in the end wall. It looks expensive!
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Dreamtime
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8 of 318  Wed 21st Sep 2011 2:37am  
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Thanks for the picture Philip, I wish I was a millionaire I would fix that tomorrow. It must not be allowed to happen. Oh my
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 318  Wed 21st Sep 2011 9:58am  
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Sandstone is not the easiest of building materials to work with. The density & hardness have to be measured so that the correct mortar consistency is used, quite apart from assessing the state of the building/wall footings that are bearing the weight. There are several places in Coventry where sandstone walls have been repaired using cement and in one instance that is visible opposite from a hotel dining room window, every sandstone block in the wall had subsequently fractured because the builder failed to understand the nature of sandstone & its jointing science. Sandstone, like a lot of building materials, changes in character as it ages depending on damp, temperature variation & so on. I am not a construction engineer, just someone that has had to price up or prepare control estimates & count the costs of all manner of civil construction works. Sad
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PhilipInCoventry
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PhilipInCoventry
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PVK
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15 of 318  Sat 24th Sep 2011 6:04pm  
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Hello, I am one of the the Cathedral ringers. We meet and begin to ring every Sunday as soon as the main 10.30 service finishes. On Heritage Open Weekend we did indeed stay on for a bit longer and from 12.30 for an hour we showed approximately 30 visitors the art of Change Ringing. As regards your comments about our co-ordination with the ringing at Holy Trinity, this is a bit odd as Holy Trinity has not got a set of bells. The tower is completely devoid of bells, and there is a small bell of 1925 on the North East roof which they chime a few times before each service. Thus no coordination went on with Holy Trinity as there was no one to coordinate with! The only thing I can think of that you might have heard is a recording of bells that Holy Trinity plays through speakers positioned by the West Door for weddings sometimes. They might have been using this to attract people on the Heritage Open Weekend There's no chance of being able to hear St Thomas, Keresley, in the city centre as their bells are so light. And as for Christ The King - this is also a fake bell sound, played through speakers. No actual bells to speak of and unfortunately due to traffic noise, unlikely you'd hear it in the city centre.
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