This report covers not only the root directory but all subdirectories.
NOTE: If you have a tool or method for monitoring changed Webpages, this is the only page that you need to monitor on this Website, because it will always point to all other recently changed pages where the cause of the change was something other than a typographic error or addition of an external Weblink.
2021/07/20 - Made editorial corrections to Unicode special characters in 18 assorted pages. This is the first visible step in a major change to how this Website is maintained, which makes more of the old maintenance page obsolete.
2021/05/27 - Revised 11 site data pages (see list or map) and one paragraph about McShane chimes, as well as one description of a McShane great bell, all to supply installation years from McShane records; revised affected indexes accordingly.
Improved clustering in the regional locator map for North Carolina, USA.
2021/05/09 - Revised 8 site data pages and added 33 (see list or map), all in Germany, which is now complete with respect to the underlying database; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Provided updated (and now complete) versions of the downloadable PDFs for Germany and the Netherlands; see the Hardcopy page.
Provided new grids and tables for the regional summaries for Germany and the Netherlands.
The Eijsbouts foundry index is now complete with respect to their carillon and chime projects up to 1991, and complete with respect to subsequent projects that are known to us.
Corrected some regional locator maps, and improved clustering on others; Germany is now clustered by state at the top level.
Added the former bellfoundry of the Maria Laach Abbey to the Germany section of the index to foundries by country.
2021/04/10 - Revised 9 site data pages (see list); revised affected regional map accordingly.
2021/04/07 - Deleted the site data page for a chime that once existed at the Museum Klok & Peel, Asten, NL, replacing it with a paragraph in the page of European sites that are no more.
Revised 13 site data pages and added 82 (see list or map), all in the Netherlands, which is now complete with respect to the underlying database; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Revised the "Direction" note block which follows (and floats in this page):
"To travel far, you must choose a direction"
The direction in which the TowerBells Website is traveling can be seen in the worklist which is set out below. In roughly prioritized order, this shows the major tasks which the author has set himself, and which are intended to result in future news items on this page.
/signed/ Carl Scott Zimmerman, database owner
2021/03/24 - Revised text of the statistics dropdown pane in regional maps.
Revised the regional locator map system so that the optional statistics
are presented in a dropdown pane instead of a separate window,
expanded those statistics, and added dynamic reporting of whether
any of the map's markers are outside of the boundaries of the map;
moved the map options out of the heading into a dropdown pane to simplify
the appearance of the header pane;
added filter capability;
updated the regional map
help page appropriately.
Reading that help page is strongly recommended for understanding the new and revised features.
Revised the regional locator map for European traditional carillons to put those of Norway, Sweden and Switzerland into separate country maps. Used the expanded statistics for quality control of manually-generated text in the headings of regional locator maps.
Corrected the sequence of corporate names for the McShane bellfoundry.
Supplied the year of installation for the vanished chime of St.Paul's RC Church, Jersey City.
Added notice about McShane chime for sale.
Added the University of Chicago to the index of multi-instrument institutions.
Added a new great bell in North America.
Added the words "foundry" and "bellfoundry" to the Glossary pages, and added a new page about Vocabulary Oddities and Errors to explain some words that are not used in this Website; revised the TowerBells main page to reflect this, and made a number of minor changes to the text.
Revised the introductory text for the list of bellfoundries by country, and added external links for some of the entries (especially those in Italy).
Revised and expanded the page of opportunities for philanthropy.
2021/02/27 - Revised 38 site data pages and added 9 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly. Removed the Reformirte Parochialkirche of Berlin from the page of German sites that are no more, since it now has a carillon to replace what had been lost so long ago.
Corrected and expanded the history of the McShane Bell Foundry.
Revised regional locator map for the British Isles to distinguish Ireland/Eire more clearly.
Add tower photo for Goedereede, NL, courtesy of Jan Bezuijen.
Added two great bells in Spain.
Corrected the list of Deagan tubular chimes
and the list of tubular relocations
to show that the 1928 chime of the former Seventh Presbyterian Church in Walnut Hills,
Cincinnati, Ohio, which was for several decades stored at the G.A.Avril Company
in Cincinnati, is now in operation at the Verdin factory
(This change should have been included in the 11/22 update package.)
Updated the disposition of the surviving bells of the defunct chime of Brockville, Ontario.
Added or revised Weblinks in the following pages without revising the database:
Johannesburg, South Africa, St.George's Church
Mumbai (Bombay), India
New York, NY, Grace Episcopal Church
Houston, TX, Palmer Memorial Church
Revised the site locator map routine to permit showing one or two nearby sites
in addition to the primary site.
This works only on the Google Maps customization;
other mapping services are unaffected.
The principal application for this function
will be for institutions that own more than one instrument.
Initial usage is for the entries in the North American
index to multi-instrument institutions,
which was also updated to add four pairs of instruments.
BALLARAT - TH/1 : AUSTRALIA ring
BALLARAT - TH/2 : AUSTRALIA chime
MECHELEN - STR/1 : BELGIUM trad/great
MECHELEN - STR/2 : BELGIUM trad/great(3)
BETHUNE - BC/1 : FRANCE - 62 trad
BETHUNE - BC/2 : FRANCE - 62 trad?
VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN - 1 : GERMANY-BRD chime
VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN - 2 : GERMANY non-trad
DORDRECHT - G/1 : NETHERLANDS trad/great(5)
DORDRECHT - G/2 : NETHERLANDS ring
DORDRECHT - K : NETHERLANDS ring
MAFRA - N : PORTUGAL trad/great
MAFRA - S : PORTUGAL trad/great
SAINT PETERSBURG - CI/1 : RUSSIA non-trad
SAINT PETERSBURG - CI/2 : RUSSIA zvon
PRETORIA - CH/1 : S AFRICA tubular
PRETORIA - CH/2 : S AFRICA chime
MADRID - SF/1 : SPAIN ring
MADRID - SF/2 : SPAIN chime
Also revised that routine to suppress some of the visual clutter that results from Google's default labeling of many "points of interest."
Revised the German index by states to show the state names that were used in East Germany during the period of partition (1949-1990).
Added or revised Weblinks in the following pages without revising the database:
All rings in South Africa
Revised the regional locator map routine to display more statistics upon request.
Expanded the history of the McShane bell foundry.
Added the new WCF video to the home page.
2020/11/22 - Revised 22 site data pages and added 11 (see list or map), including the addition of one embedded great bell and integration of other great bells formerly listed as independent; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Added or revised Weblinks in the following pages without revising the database:
Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Fall River, Massachusetts, USA
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
The Hague, Netherlands
Ruther Glen/1, Virginia, USA
Ruther Glen/2, Virginia, USA
Johannesburg, South Africa
Added another entry to the page of potential philanthropy projects.
Added the Allanconi foundry to the bell foundries page.
Expanded the history section of the McShane foundry index page.
Revised 20 site data pages and added 13
revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
NOTE: As of this update, all Petit & Fritsen installations known to the Webmaster (i.e., having entries in the underlying database) now have Webpages here. What remains in the database without Webpages here yet are most chimes in Italy as well as many pre-1991 Eijsbouts chimes in Germany and the Netherlands.
Deleted the site data page for the cathedral of Llandaff, Wales, upon discovering that it did not fit my criteria for listing chimes in the British Isles.
Revised the list of indexes to the British Isles to state more clearly the criteria for exclusion of instruments that would be included in any other part of the world.
Revised the overview of chime indexes to reflect the addition of three recent installations of rings in continental Europe.
2020/10/27 - Corrected the gazetteer links for almost all site data pages in the British Isles, and improved the locator map links for many of them.
Replaced the site data page for the defunct chime of Mount Zion Church,
Bridge of Weir, Scotland, with a paragraph in the page of
sites that are no more
in the British Isles.
Replaced the site data page for the defunct chime of St.George North Church, Greenock, Scotland, with a paragraph in the page of sites that are no more in the British Isles.
Improved the linking of true glockenspiels to their index page.
Improved the Website Map.
Added photos and/or Weblinks to the following pages without revising the database:
Collie, Western Australia
Bad Salza, Germany
Wellington, NZ - War Memorial
Ottawa, Ontario - Peace Tower
Regina, SK - glockenspiel
Bloomington, Indiana - Metz
Bloomington, Indiana - music building
Dayton, Ohio - Deeds
Durham, NC - Duke University
Fort Washington, PA
New York, NY - Riverside
Newark, Ohio - 2nd Presbyterian
Added a new index for the B. A. Sunderlin Bell Foundry.
Expanded the history and other notes for the Petit & Edelbrock bellfoundry.
Revised the contact information and history of the McShane bell foundry company to reflect the current ownership and location.
Corrected the counts in the headings of some regional locator maps, based on use of a new tool for analyzing the underlying XML files.
Added to the Goeppinger book research notes some new information about Kaye & Company, Louisville, Kentucky, and Kentucky Bell Co. in the same city, as well as a new entry for the Todd-Donigan Iron Company, Louisville, Kentucky.
Added a Greek bellfoundry to the list of foundries.
Revised the Data Top page slightly.
2020/10/01 - Fixed an indexing error in a keyboard range index.
2020/09/30 - Fixed an error in a page title.
Removed notes about the incompleteness of lists of non-traditionals in Germany.
Added 2 great bells contained in one peal.
2020/09/01 - Added to the home page the capability to invoke Google Translate on that page using any of the principal languages of countries associated with member societies of the World Carillon Federation as well as some of the languages for other countries where tower bell instruments can be found. On the translated home page, a warning about the limitations of Google Translate will appear in the new language. The same language translation will remain in effect as the visitor follows links to other pages on this Website, but not links from here to other Websites.
Added to the home page the ability to detect that a visitor is using a mobile device or other small screen and to present a warning that this Website is not optimized for such devices.
2020/08/30 - Improved cross-linking between lists of indexes by instrument type and lists of indexes by geographical region.
2020/08/15 - Corrected the introduction to the index of porcelain tower chimes by Meissen and added some historical information.
Added some historical information to the Mabilon foundry index.
2020/08/08 - Constructed a new index to porcelain tower chimes using entries removed from the existing index to the work of miscellaneous bellfoundries. Initially, all entries represent the work of Meissen, but one or two other possibilities may exist.
Adjusted display widths of numerous pages for more uniform presentation.
2020/08/01 - Added indexes by keyboard ranges for traditional carillons around the world, together with a summary for the world of carillon sizes and keyboard ranges; all of the new indexes can be reached from that summary.
Revised clustering in the regional locator map for Belgium so that all top-level clusters represent provinces.
Added a note regarding Pugh & Russell to page 141 of Neil Goeppinger's book.
Improved consistency of style of city names for independent great bells in regional locator maps.
Corrected the remark about placement of a comma in the name of Blymyer, Norton & Co. on page 69 of Neil Goeppinger's book.
Fixed typos in most of the indexes by weight (pitch) for traditional carillons.
Corrected the link to George Dawson's spreadsheet of Naylor-Vickers bells.
Add Waymarking Weblinks to many site data pages (not itemized).
2020/07/01 - Added 2 great bells in Europe (already listed) to the regional maps
Restyled the gazetteer link in 360 site data pages (not itemized) for improved accessibility on small screens.
Supplied missing values for one index by weight.
Revised the weight of one great bell in the Netherlands, which caused changes in some other sequence numbers.
Improved the text of the Help page for regional locator maps.
Added two new features to the regional locator map systems:
(1) When an instrument contains a great bell cast by a different maker than the majority
of the instrument, the text in the info window for that site may offer the choice
of opening the site data page for the instrument or going to the descriptive paragraph
in the list of great bells for that region.
(2) When the location of an instrument is uncertain, the info window for that site
will report that "zoom is limited," meaning that the associated maptack will disappear
when the map is zoomed in too closely.
These features are now described in the Help window for regional locator maps.
Updated the locator map links in four lists of great bells; resolved several inconsistencies in indexing of great bells and site data pages; mapped several listed great bells (not itemized).
Celebrated 55 years of happy marriage.
2020/06/05 - Updated the locator map links in 264 site data pages (not itemized).
Updated 40 indexes and miscellaneous pages (not itemized) to repair broken links internal to the Website.
2020/06/03 - Added the great bell of Perpignan, France (list and map).
Removed update index map links from one old news page, and fixed a variety of broken links (not itemized).
2020/06/01 - Removed newly-added summaries for Italy, as that data should be incorporated with the rest of Europe; revised the two corresponding summaries for Europe accordingly; made all other regional summaries accessible from all lists-of-indexes pages.
Updated the North American summary of pitch vs. number in chimes, and added a similar summary for each of the other regions of the world.
Updated the North American summary of bellfounders' work in non-traditional carillons, and added a similar summary for each of the other regions of the world.
Added a new summary showing the distribution of instruments by type (and great bells) by country within Europe.
Added a new world summary for chimes. All of the new and revised summaries cited here can be found from the main summaries page.
Made hardcopy (PDFs) available from all lists-of-indexes pages.
Improved standardization of display in lists-of-indexes pages.
2020/05/28 - Updated all summaries that are common to regions of the world and added new world summaries for traditional and non-traditional carillons. Updated the North American summary of bellfounders' work in non-traditional carillons, and added a similar summary for each of the other regions of the world, including for the first time Italy. Updated the North American summary of pitch vs. number in non-traditional carillons, and added a similar summary for each of the other regions of the world, including for the first time Italy. Restyled the remaining summaries that are unique to the regions of the Americas, as well as 54 index lists and 14 miscellaneous pages.
Improved the wording of several paragraphs in the Data Top pages
2020/05/20 - Installed new versions of the site locator map routines so that accented characters in place names can be displayed properly. The prior versions of those routines remain in place for use by those sita data pages that have not been revised to use the new version. Visitors to this Website should see no changes in maps, though some HTML filenames will be different in the location fields of Web browsers.
Revised 97 site data pages and added 67
which include only those revisions that were substantive);
revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
All database entries for France now have pages on this Website;
all such pages were revised to omit department numbers from Location sections,
since they are already included in the Country field.
Added a foundry index for Cornille-Havard of France, moving existing entries for that foundry out of the Miscellaneous foundries index and the corresponding sections of regional foundry indexes.
Updated map links for 6 additional sites in Paris, France (not itemized). All site data pages for France now use the new versions of the site locator map routines.
Added several great bells in France.
Revised the Bellfoundries index advice page to clarify what is not included in such indexes.
Replaced the Introduction PDF in the Hardcopy section, so that the code for Cornille-Havard is explained; also replaced the France PDF. An enhancement to the report-generator program that produces the basis for such PDFs adds a line of statistics about the data from which plots of bourdon code or treble code versus number of bells are produced.
Revised the main page about unrelated essays, and added another essay.
2020/05/04 - Replaced authorization token for Apple Maps with a current version.
Added an explanation of longitude sign conventions to the hardcopy page, and made small revisions at various places in its text.
Corrected errors in the sort order in the index of German traditional carillons by weight (pitch).
2020/04/26 - Added a new essay.
2020/04/21 - Replaced the site data page for St.James Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a paragraph in the Relocated Chimes section of the page about North American sites that are no more; revised 43 site data pages and added 6 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly. This included updating the two graphs in the historical index for North American traditional carillons, which are now on track to reach 189 in number. Were it not for the instruments that have been degraded, this region would now have 198 such instruments.
Revised the notes regarding incompleteness in 8 assorted foundry indexes.
Added Weblinks to a variety of site data pages (not itemized here).
2020/04/16 - Added a new entry for Belknap to the research notes for Goeppinger's book, with a corresponding addition to Appendix 1.
Added to the Glossary the terms "belfry" (subordinate to "campanile") and "stationary peal" (subordinate to "peal").
Added a pair of video links to the Meneely/Troy index page (following the History section).
Improved some of the text of the page about keyboard ranges.
Restyled 44 index pages, as well as 15 assorted text pages.
Corrected the weight and origin of the great bass bell of the Middelburg NL carillon, and adjusted the numbering of European great bells acordingly.
Added Weblinks to, or removed them from, a variety of site data pages (not enumerated here).
2020/04/09 - Added an entry for West Auckland NZ to the page of Asia-Pacific sites that are no more.
Added several independent great bells around the world, and mapped some others already listed.
Fixed a grammatical error in Notation for chimes and rings.
2020/04/03 - Re-styled 118 indexes and miscellaneous pages.
Split 2019 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.
Revised the regional map system to handle instruments with another level of complexity.
Added one great bell in Germany, and mapped many of those already listed.
Added Ciudad Real, Madrid, Wuppertal and Zurich to the index of glockenspiels.
2020/03/18 - Revised 31 site data pages and added 1 (see list or map), most of which are also included in a new index of war memorials, peace carillons, etc. and a corresponding world map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
2020/03/16 - Added a new page about Characters to explain the complexities of correctly displaying characters from various languages on this Website.
2020/03/09 - Provided updated (and now complete) versions of the downloadable PDFs for Eastern and Western hemisphere traditional carillons; see the Hardcopy page, which was also updated in other respects.
Added links to the internal cross-references in the list of great bells in Great Britain.
Reorganized and expanded the Table of Contents in the Data Top page.
Added commentary to the entry for Veazey & White on the final page about Goeppinger's book.
Added a description of Maltese stationary peals to the corresponding section about Maltese great bells.
Provided a name for the great bell of Cuzco, Peru.
Demoted the great bell of Kyongju, South Korea, from 5th place to 19th place among great bells of Oriental profile based on report of actual weighing rather than on estimates derived from measurements.
Completed restyling of foundry index pages.
2020/02/27 - Removed the site data page for the defunct Taylor chime of Brockville, Ontario, replacing it with a paragraph in the list of sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Added to the Asia-Pacific region another great bell of Oriental profile.
Revised links to other Websites in 21 site data pages (not itemized); also updated locator map links as needed.
Added a quick links table to the
Great Bells main page.
Added four great bells in Malta; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Moved great bells of Russia out of the regional locator map for Europe into a new regional locator map for Russia.
Added further details about the National Bell Foundry to the research notes for Goeppinger's book.
Revised links to other Websites in 15 site data pages (not itemized); also updated locator map links for 10 of them.
Re-mapped all great bells in the British Isles,
regional locator map for them
and integrating them into the corresponding
general regional locator map.
Integrated independent great bells in North America into the corresponding general regional locator map subsystem.
Revised the main page about great bells to provide links to all appropriate sections of the great bells regional locator map system.
Revised a statement in the left side of the quick reference block of the data top page to indicate that independent great bells are now included in the overall regional locator map system.
2020/02/11 - Integrated Western profile great bells in the Asia/Pacific region into the corresponding general regional map. This integration process remains incomplete for some continental regions.
Improved the statistics display popup for regional maps.
2020/02/10 - Completed mapping of all Western profile great bells in the Asia/Pacific region, in both the list and the regional map for such bells. (Oriental profile great bells in the same region remain incomplete.)
2020/02/05 - Removed index maps from 2016 news page.
2020/02/03 - Repaired missing and erroneous map links in the list of Other Great Bells in North America, and provided it with a link to the corresponding regional map.
Revised all area lists of indexes for consistency of presentation.
Reorganized the Netherlands Antilles in the Index by country to Central and South America; changed Filipsburg to Philipsburg to adapt to modern usage; renamed file ANORANJE.HTM to ANORNJHM.HTM
Made the regional locator map set for great bells accessible from the
Great Bells main page.
Completed mapping of independent great bells for North and South America (with some approximations), adding what will become the largest bell in the Americas.
Replaced obsolete MultiMap links (and others) in Great Bells of the British Isles with map service selector links.
Revised headings of regional locator maps to report how many great bells are contained in the region.
Revised various area lists of indexes for improved consistency of style and improved access to the appropriate parts of regional locator map sets.
Modified the Search page to focus automatically on the form field.
Added a Netherlands Antilles site to the index of glockenspiels
Added details about the great bell of Valleyfield, Quebec.
2020/01/17 - Revised the Goeppinger book commentary with respect to the Blakes (pp.66-67).
Corrected the identification of the Salisbury MD carillon in various indexes.
Revised the site locator map system to allow the visitor to choose any of six
worldwide mapping services, with options for two regional mapping services
where appropriate, all via a new
Service Selection page.
Revised the Map Systems FAQ page
Added a new Map Services Features page, thereby obsoleting the existing Maps Comparison page, which is retained for historical purposes.
Revised the user guide that is built into Google site locator maps to fit Google's changes in the human interface.
See What was new in these pages during 2019?
2018 - See What was new in these pages during 2018?
2017 - See What was new in these pages during 2017?
2016 - See What was new in these pages during 2016?
2015 - See What was new in these pages during 2015?
2014 - See What was new in these pages during 2014?
2013 - See What was new in these pages during 2013?
2012 - See What was new in these pages during 2012 - the year of the merger?
A Website history explains the merger.
2000-2011 - See What was new in the TowerBells pages before the merger?.
1996-2012 - See What was new in the GCNA data pages before the merger?
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