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All Saints Bell Tower - Inveraray

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 29 September 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Up close and personal with the All Saints Bell Tower - Join me tomorrow when I'll show you the spectacular view seen after climbing the 176 steps to the roof top.

In 1914 the 10th Duke of Argyll, Niall Diarmid Campbell, became the Honorary Colonel of The 8th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. When the First World War ended he decided that there should be a fitting memorial to commemorate the Clan Campbell dead. To this end he commissioned architects Hoare and Wheeler to design the Bell Tower, the original idea being to link the new tower to the church.

At the same time John Taylor and Company of Loughborough were approached to cast a peal of 10 bells suitable for the memorial. The bells were cast in 1920 in Loughborough. Their transport from there to Inveraray, which took place in November 1921, was less than smooth. The first lorry broke down in Lancashire. Then when the second lorry reached “The Little Rest” on the lower part of the old Rest and Be Thankful road it would go no further. The treble bell and ironwork frames had to be unloaded to allow the lorry to continue the ascent. However even this was not enough and the second bell had to be left behind as well before the lorry made it to the summit. The abandoned bells and frames were retrieved the following day.

They are the second heaviest peal of 10 bells in the world, the heaviest being at Wells Cathedral.

flwyddyn yn ôl

NIKON D90 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fabulous perspective - love the wonderful stonework that has stood the test of time.

29 Sep 2012 6:12am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

great b/w, fantastic perspective

29 Sep 2012 7:56am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice shot, the monochrome brings out the texture of the stonework beautifully

29 Sep 2012 7:59am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

De jolies pierres ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

29 Sep 2012 8:13am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Good strong shot, I echo Doug's thoughts about the textures.

29 Sep 2012 8:25am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Impressiv ! Great angle . I'll climb wit you tomorrow !

29 Sep 2012 8:33am

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Impressionnant, bravo pour ce beau cadrage !

29 Sep 2012 8:56am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique captage et iamge sueprbe compo et vue.

29 Sep 2012 9:41am

Florence from Paris, France

Impressive POV and yes, I will be here tomorrow.
You can rely on me Jules. ;-)

29 Sep 2012 10:04am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

Sure I'll be there :-) Very impressive low-angle

29 Sep 2012 11:28am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful BW. Nice tones.

29 Sep 2012 11:50am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!!!

29 Sep 2012 12:14pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

These shots of towers from the ground are awesome, and a study in neat old stone structure. I love the smear of cloud and light beams up there competing for attention so unlikely against this formidable thing.

29 Sep 2012 1:21pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

We want to climb un in the sky!

29 Sep 2012 1:21pm

Alan44 from France

C type de prise de vue donne un effet de grandeur,parfait.

29 Sep 2012 1:32pm

yalda from Iran, Iran

a interesting angle

29 Sep 2012 1:38pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful monochrome shot of this fabulous bell tower ... excellent POV !!!

29 Sep 2012 4:45pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A nice B&W. And I like the framing too

29 Sep 2012 4:47pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful perspective - the architecture is just splendid!

29 Sep 2012 11:13pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great perspective and beautiful stone work ~ fantastic b/w!

29 Sep 2012 11:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wonderful POV! I really like it in b&w. It brings out the detail!

30 Sep 2012 12:28am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A splendid angle shooting, and a beautiful black and white. A great picture, I love.

30 Sep 2012 7:13am

1/200 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)