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What a Carrillon

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 48

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.


Perched high above Bond Street is London’s only carillon, and one of only around fifteen in the UK.  There are 23 bells squeezed into this beautiful but narrow spire.


It is known as the Atkinsons Carillon and you’ll find it above 24 Old Bond Street, the former home of Atkinsons perfumers.  The building was designed by Vincent Harris and was erected in 1926.


The carillon itself was built by Gillett and Johnston in 1927 and is a chromatic two octave instrument with a bass bell of 12-0-16 in G#.  The key thing about a carillon is that it is operated remotely.  This one is played from a clavier in the loft of the building, at the base of the spire.  Because of the tight space here, the link between clavier and bells has to run horizontally, making the operation heavier and requiring more skill from the carillonneur.


If you’d like to hear its sweet sound, recitals are given on Friday early evenings and Saturday afternoons.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 48 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week.  It was one of the biggest weeks yet, presenting us with sometimes quirky views from around the world.  The one that made the most impression on me, I think, was Lori’s artificial lake in New South Wales.  Do take a look and read the story behind it.  You can see all of the entries from this and previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.

All are welcome; please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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12 replies »

  1. Beautiful! I totally missed that carrilon during my London trip last summer 😀 Happy TPMonday!


  2. I loved learning about London’s only carillon! Your photos were outstanding. If I ever get to England again, hearing one of those recitals would be on my “to do” list for sure!


  3. What a beauty! I was so busy groaning at your title, the photos took me completely by surprise, Debbie. That close up is fabulous. Another one for my ‘to dos’- cheers! 🙂


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