Silencers & Boxes



Photo: Wooden Silencer  

 A set of 6 wooden silencers, for the front 6 bells, 
were made in the summer of 1996,
by NPDH, following an initial design by RSH

Photo: Wooden Silencer  

As fitted to the 5th



Photo: rope & innertube Silencer  

Following the purchase of the David Bagely simulator,
4 more silencers were made for the back 4 bells,
enabling all 10 bells to be rung silent & with the simulator.

These later 4 were of the rope and innertube style
(see, page2)


  Photo: silencer as fitted to the 9th Photo: silencer as fitted to the 9th Photo: silencer as fitted to the 9th




Photo: Old Boxes  

There has been a set of small boxes at Ranmoor for living memory, necessary as we have a very broad range of heights amongst our ringers. Unfortunately, although robust, the boxes were small (14" by 20"), and only one of each size (2", 4", 5", 6", 7", & 9" high ).   The top overhung the sides in all directions, making it very easy to tip them over if standing over the edge. Many ringers were unhappy to use them.

The picture shows two of the old boxes in front of a "small" new box

Photo: The New Boxes  

Consequently a new set of boxes was required: robust, larger, covering a wider range of heights, and preferably stackable in order to produce boxes of different heights.
The picture shows the  three different sizes of the new boxes.

Photo: The New Boxes  

In the summer of 1996, the new boxes were made by Graham Axelby. Designed by NPDH, to be larger and more stable (measuring 20" by 28", twice the size of the original boxes), these boxes are also fully stackable. The initial construction was for 6 boxes, being 2 of each size; small, medium & large (3", 6", & 9" high respectively).
The picture shows a small box stacked on top of a large one, a common arrangement.

Photo: The New Boxes  

A large box upside-down, showing the skirt or lip, which ensures any box can be safely stacked on top of any other(s)

Photo: The New Boxes  

Detail of stacking lip

Photo: The New Boxes  

Graham then made a further 2 of the 3" boxes, as these were in most demand.  

Although its rare that  more than 3 boxes ever need to be stacked together, the resulting pile is rigid and robust enough that any number may be stacked. The picture shows the total stack of all 8 of the new boxes, which can be safely stood on (if there's a ladder to get on to the top in the first place!)


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