Sylvia Townsend Warner in Lavenham Belfry - 5 December, 1927

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 5:

Then the belfry itself, the bells balanced on large beams, with great wheels to pull them round.  the man rang the B bell for us. It wheeled over abruptly, and the noise clanged, swelled and grew outward on the air, trembled and then settled on the third.



cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1994), p. 5. accessed: 10 December, 2023

location of experience: Lavenham Belfry


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Church bells

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 December, 1927
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public


Sylvia was staying with Charles Prentice (typographer) and Vera and Harold Raymond (her publishers at Chatto and Windus). She doesn't actually say so but the tone of the diary here suggests they were with her.

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:05:37 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:32:41 +0000