April - June 2017

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2017 Completed Projects

Work Completed April - June 2017

Weston Flavell, Northamptonshire, St Peter's Parish Church:-     Maintenance work has been completed on this 8 cwt ring of five. The clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes were restored at Loughborough and refitted to the bells. New cast iron ceiling bosses were supplied and fitted to complete the maintenance.

Boxford, Suffolk, St Mary's Parish Church:-     The clappers and crown staples from this 21 cwt ring of eight bells have been fully restored and returned to their bells.

Evesham, Worcestershire, The Bell Tower:-      This beautiful detached bell tower houses one of the most musical rings of bells ever cast. The entire installation is the work of Taylors and dates from 1951. With a tenor bell weighing over 35 cwts the local ringers take pride in keeping things in fine order, so after stonework repairs had covered the entire ring in stone dust, an order was placed to repaint the installation. All the fittings were stripped off the bells and a proper cleaning took place. A rust inhibiting coat of paint was applied, and then a top coat of gloss paint. Everything was then reassembled, and it looks splendid.

A lovely neat job - well done to Taylor's bell hangers Chris Bennett, Roy LeMarechal & Terry Streeter.

Bristol, Bishop Road Primary School:-     Bristol City Council ordered a new bell for this historic school which is being restored. A  20" diameter bell was cast and tuned and supplied with a new hardwood headstock, and internal electro-magnetic hammer.

The newly cast bell, with school logo, straight from the Foundry before final fettling.

Cotterstock, Northamptonshire, St Andrew's Parish Church:-     The 8 cwt ring of five bells were removed from the tower and brought back to Loughborough for conservation work and tuning. A new treble was cast to augment the ring to six, and all new ringing fittings (with the exception of the wheel centres) were manufactured and fitted. An RSJ was installed under the oak bell frame to provide additional support, and the bell frame was extended with a new pit for the treble. A new rope guide and access ladders were manufactured and installed to complete the project after the bells were rehung.

The new treble before final polishing.

The back five fitted with their new headstocks.

Shepshed, Leicestershire, St Botolph's Parish Church:-     Major Maintenace work has been completed on this classic Taylor 15 cwt ring of eight. All of the bells have been lifted from their pits and their bearings have been cleaned/replaced as necessary. The treble bell wheel has been re-soled and re-shrouded. The clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes have been fully refurbished, and the bells rehung.

Sri Lanka, Pirappankulam Amman Kovil Airalai Temple, Jaffna:-     A new half ton bell has been cast for this temple. It has been supplied with a horse shoe shaped cast iron headstock for slow swing chiming. A counter balanced clapper, crown staple and bell wheel have also been manufactured and exported with the bell.

The mould inscription ready for casting.

Bill fits the slow swinging headstock to the bell - all bells going to Sri Lanka are coloured silver!

Devizes, Wiltshire, St James' Southbroom:-     This ring of six was last rehung by Taylors in 1909. Major restoration was has now been completed includng the fitting of new gudgeons and bearings to all the headstocks. The rope roller boxes have been refurbished, together with all clappers and crown staples. The bells have then be rehung.

Southbroom's headstocks ready for dispatch.

Burwell, Cambridgeshire, St Mary the Virgin:-     Work has been completed to allow this 13 cwt eight to be rung once more. After building work inside the tower, when a wall was erected between the organ and ringing area, the ropes of bells 1 & 2 fell outside the ringing chamber - the wrong side of the new wall. Bells 1, 2, 6, 7 & 8 have been repositioned and re-roped to create a new ringing circle inside the new chamber, allowing all eight bells to be rung once more. The bells have been lifted from their pits and their bearing have been cleaned/replaced as necessary. The rope roller boxes, clappers and crown staples have been restored, and the odd struckness corrected.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Minster Church of St Mary:-     As a sub contract to Whites of Appleton Taylor's has completed and casting and tuning of a new ring of twelve bells, tenor 21 cwts. A sharp 2nd bell has also been cast, tuned and supplied to provide a light octave of bells for teaching purposes.

Anthony prepares one of the new bell's mould.

Some of the moulds dry in the massive oven - it is vital that all moisture is removed before casting or an explosiopn could occur when the metal is poured.

Girdar with the tenor bell prior to final fettling and tuning.

Priors Marston, Warwickshire, St Leonard's Parish Church:-     A new hardwood headstock has been supplied to rehang the 1721 Henry III Bagley treble bell. The headstock has been carved to accommodate the canons and argent, and been supplied with new plate gudgeons and ball bearings. Maintenance work to properly secure the 3rd & 5th bells to their bedplates and the bell frame has also been successfully undertaken.

Ross with Priors Marston's new treble headstock.

Durham, St Oswald King & Martyr Parish Church:-     The sanctus bell from this church has been conserved and restored. New fittings for swing chiming have been manufactured and the bell rehung in it's original frame which has been stabilized.

The sanctus bell ready for dispatch.

Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, S.S. Peter & Paul:-      Maintenance work has been completed on this ring of six. The clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes have been completely refurbished and refitted to the bells. Work to the ceiling bosses has completed the job.

Malpas, Cheshire, St Oswald's Parish Church:-     Major maintence work has been completed on this 15 cwt eight. The last major restoration was undertaken by Taylor's in 1914, with new frame, fittings and four new bells. The headstocks of 1, 2 & 6 were returned to Loughborough for new gudgeons and bearings to be fitted (the other headstocks have been restored in recent years), The bell wheels were also returned to the Foundry for stripping, treating with preservative, and the refixing of their soling and shrounding with stainless steel screws. The bell frame was stripped and repainted while the fittings were away.

Malpas headstocks after restoration.

The restored bell frame - looks beautiful.

Maghull, Merseyside, St Andrew's Parish Church:-     This chime of eight bells (Taylor's 1918) has been completely refurbished. The clappers, crown staples, return springs, transmission and clavier have all been fully restored and reassembled. While all the components were at Loughborough the bell frame was stripped and repainted.

Grinton, North Yorkshire, St Andrew's Parish Church:-     Taylor's provided two new treble bells for this church last year, and we have now completed major maintenance work on the back six bells. The bells were lifted and their bearings were cleaned/replaced. The clappers/crown staples and rope roller boxes were restored and refitted, and a new ringing chamber ceiling is to be installed by a local joiner to reduce the unguided rope draught to complete this project.

Rainford, Merseyside, All Saints Parish Church:-     Major maintenance work has been completed to this classic Taylor 13 cwt eight. The entire installation dates from 1904 and has served well for more than a century. All the fork topped clappers and crown staples have been restored, and seven of the bells had their headstocks removed and new bell pads were manufactured and fitted.

Brooke, Norfolk, St Peter's Parish Church:-     A major restoration project has been completed on this 14 cwt ring of six. The bells are the work of three different founders and date between 1535 and 1758. The oak bellframe dated from 1758, and this was carefully dismantled and part of it reconstructed on a new galvanised steel grillage in the middle chamber for the hanging of dumb bells as a teaching facility. Conservation work to the bells was carried out, but permissions given allowed no tuning. A new galvanised steel bellframe was manufactured and installed, and the bells rehung in it on all new ringing fittings.

Customer Testimonial:-   John Ash has written from Brooke to say, "We are overjoyed with the go of the bells and it has been worth all the hard work. Please pass on our thanks to all those involved in the project. We have a set of rehung bells and we are proud of you and you should be proud of the effort put in by all your staff. Special thanks must go to Oggy (Andrew Ogden) and Steve (Westerman) for their dedication and professionalism and also for their patience working with us amateurs. With thanks from all at St Peter's and Brooke generally."

Brooke Parish Church with one of Norfolk's round towers.

The bells fitted with new canon retaining headstocks.

Nearing completion - the steel bellframe before being sent away for galvanising.

Cleator Moor, Cumbria, St John's Parish Church:-     This 21 cwt ring of eight dates from 1909 and is the work of the Loughborough Foundry. The church has been made redundant, and so the entire installation has been purchased by Taylors for rennovation and re-use elsewhere. The bells and fittings have been removed from the tower and brought back to Loughborough.

Part of the inscription on Cleator Moor's tenor bell.

London, Southwark Cathedral:-     Work on this project has been completed with the hanging of the sharp second in a new galvanised steel bellframe above the ringing peal. The bell has been resited to give a better rope drop than was previously the case.

The sharp 2nd in its new bell frame. ( Photo: Roy Le Marechal.)

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