October 28th, 2010

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St Paul's Cathedral, bell clapper repair.

Does anyone know when the pin holding the clapper in Great Paul broke and the clapper went through the clock? And how long was the bell silent while awaiting repair.
And then when did the clapper itself break through metal fatigue? And how long did that repair take?

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Edit I've since discovered that Great Paul was silent from 1964, when they could no longer find a team of four men to swing the bell manually, until 1971 when an electrical system was installed. But this is not the period when the clapper was broken.