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Taylor's demonstration model bell, fittings and framework - available to travel for exhibitions.

Brackley, Northamptonshire, The Town Hall:-     Two bells from this town hall will be restored and rehung. The larger of the two has its crown broken out, and this will be repaired by specialist welding. Mainly new fittings will be manufactured for the bells, one for swing chiming, one for full circle ringing, before the bells are rehung.

Brackley Town Hall bells after cleaning by gentle sandblasting - the Warner bell has its crown broken out.

Little Cornard, Suffolk, The Parish Church of All Saints:-     This parish has placed an order for a major restoration and augmentation of their 7cwt ring of five. The installation has been in a derelict condition for many years, and it is thought that at least two of the bells are cracked. The bells, which date from 1399, 1597, 1707 & 1712, will be conserved and repaired as necessary, and have their partial tones improved by sensitive tuning. A new treble bell will be cast to augment the ring to six, and all new ringing fittings will be manufactured. A new cast iron and galvanised steel bell frame of "H" design will be manufactured, and this will be installed beneath the present ancient oak bell frame. Much of the design and technical imput for this project has been worked out in conjunction with local ringer, appropriately named John Taylor - many thanks to him. (Update:- Provisional date for casting new treble bell is 1st September.)

Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, The Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross:-     The "Great Bell" of this mediaeval Guild Chapel was cast as a curfew bell and is the work of Hugh Watts. It was cast on 10th July 1633 and weighs a massive 27 cwts. 3 qrs. 2 lbs. A new electro-magnetic tolling hammer and an automated controller unit will be manufactured and fitted to the bell so that it can continue to sound out the hours and daily curfew across the town.

The Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross, Stratford.

Ewhurst, Surrey, S.S. Peter & Paul:-     This ring of eight bells (tenor 11 cwt) last had major work in 1938 when Taylors added four trebles and provided a new bell frame and all new fittings. New bells will be cast to replace the ancient 5th & 6th (Wokingham Foundry circa 1400) and these will be hung on new headstocks with other fittings refurbished and altered as necessary. The ancient bells will be retained in the tower. New headstocks will also be manufactured and fitted to the two tenor bells, and the fittings of the front four bells will be overhauled.

Cretingham, Suffolk, The Parish Church of St Peter:-     This ancient ground floor ring of five with a 7 cwt tenor bell was last rehung by Alfred Bowell of Ipswich in 1911. The bells date from 1416, 1499 & 1661. An order has now been placed for the casting of a new treble bell to augment the ring to six. This will be supplied with all new fittings and be hung in the vacant treble pit of the Bowell six bell steel bellframe. Some of the existing bell fittings will be refurbished, and new fittings supplied as necessary before the bells are rehung.

Belgium, Ypres, St George's Memorial Church:-     Sited close to the famous Menin Gate, St George's was built as a memorial to the British & Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives in World War I. To mark the centenery of the end of that conflict, a new ring of eight bells will be cast (tenor 6 cwts). New bell fitttings and a new bell frame will be manufactured, and the installation will be completed later this year. This will be the first English Change Ringing ring of bells to hang in a church on the continent of Europe. (Update:- The first two bells (4 & 6) were cast on Thursday 27th April. Of the remaining six bells, three (5, 7 & 8) will be cast on 1st June and three ( 1, 2 & 3) on 15th June 2017.)

St George's Memorial Church, Ypres, Belgium.

Matt makes one of the moulds using loam - it's messy and virtually all bell foundries now use self setting sand to mould - this is quicker, cheaper and less messy, but our customers tell us that our ancient system produces the fnest sounding bells so we continue the tradition.

Ypres moulds drying in the oven - this process of building up the layers and then drying is time consuming but very necessary - any moisture left could cause an explosion when the hot metal is poured.

Roger, our master founder, prepares the first of the Ypres copes - all the bells will be cast with a border of poppies, our first bells to carry this memorial decoration.

The first two bells have been cast. Marta starts fettling the first one to be dug up.

Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe:-     A contract has been placed for major maintenance work to be undertaken on this classic Taylor 50 cwt ring of twelve. The bell fittings will be removed and the bells protected to allow the cast iron and steel bell frame, which dates from 1903, to be properly cleaned and repainted. Work will also be carried out on some of the clappers and crown staples, Hastings mechanisms and rope roller boxes. A new bell wheel will be manufactured and fitted to the eighth bell, and all restored fittings will then be reassembled.

St Mary, Recliffe, Bristol - one of England's finest parish churches.

Exeter, Alphington, St Michael & All Angels:-     This complete eight by Thomas I Bilbie dates from 1749. A full restoration was undertaken by Taylors in 1939, with the bells being tuned and new bell fittings and a cast iron and steel bell frame being provided. Major maintenance work will now be undertaken in two phases. In the first phase all the clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes will be removed to Loughborough for complete refurbishment. Phase two involves the lifting of all the bells for the cleaning/replacement of bearings and the cleaning and painting of the bell frame.

Wylye, Wiltshire, St Mary the Virgin:-     Major work was carried out on this 9 cwt ground floor ring of six in 1898 by Mears & Stainbank when two of the bells were recast. Major maintenance work is now to be taken in hand. This will include new clappers for the smallest four bells, the largest two being refurbished. The rope roller boxes will be fully restored, and the bells will be lifted from their pits and have their bearings cleaned. The tenor bell will have its iron crown staple roots drilled out in the tower. The wooden bell frame will be made more rigid by the tightening of tie rods and metal bracing brackets, and all metal components will be cleaned and painted. The wooden bell frame will be treated to prevent further decay by wetting and insect attack. A new set of bell ropes will be supplied and fitted to complete the restoration project. (Update: Faculty applied for.)

Casting a new "lowside" frameside - cast iron is tremendously strong and rigid, and even when left unpainted hardly deteriorates - an ideal material for bell frames.

Sri Lanka, Pirappankulam Amman Kovil Airyalai Temple, Jaffna:-     An order has been placed for the casting of a 37.5" bell for this temple in Jaffna. The bell will weigh a little over 10 cwts, and all new fittings for counterbalanced swing chiming, including a cast iron horse shoe shaped headstock and counterbalanced clapper, will be manufactured and supplied with it. (Update:- This bell will be cast on 25th May.)

Backwell, Somerset, St Andrew's Parish Church:-     This 18 cwt ring of eight is the work of various founders, with the oldest bell dating from 1540. Taylor's retuned and rehung the original back six in a new cast iron and steel bell frame in 1901, and extended the frame and added two trebles in 1938. The parish has now placed an order for a major restoration and augmentation to take place. All of the frictional parts will be returned to the Foundry for restoration, and the iron roots of the crown staples of the older bell will be removed by being drilled out. The bell frame will be rearranged and extended to accommodate ten bells, and then the entire frame will be stripped down and be repainted. Two new trebles will be cast, and new fittings manufactured before the entire ring is rehung.

Matt Johns with new haircut breaks up a bell ready for recasting - large sledge hammer hidden by his side.

Sutcombe, Devon, St Andrew's Parish Church:-     This church houses a Taylor ring of six (tenor 6 cwts) that was installed in 1932. The bells hang in a cast iron and steel two teir bell frame with bells 1, 3, 5 above and 2, 4, 6 below. The base girders of the bell frames have eroded to such a degree that the entire installation needs to be removed from the tower, and the bell frame rebuilt on new galvanised steel grillages. The rebuilt bell frame will be slightly redesigned to give a better rope drop. The bells and all the other fittings will be cleaned (iron fittings by sand blasting) and restored before being returned to the tower.  (Update:- This ring of bells and its bell frame has been removed from the tower for restoration - restoration under way.)

Godalming, Surrey, S.S. Peter & Paul:-       The 22 cwt ring of eight at this church is the work of various London Bell Founders, and dates between 1740 & 1952. The bells were retuned and rehung on new fittings in a cast iron and steel bell frame in 1976 by Taylors. The parish has now placed an order for the entire ring to be recast into a similar weight new ring of eight. New headstocks and mainly new ringing fittings will be manufactured, and the bells will then be hung in the restored 1976 bellframe. (Update: All the bells have been cast and are being fettled.)

Anthony prepares Godalming's last three bell moulds.

Casting Godalming's new tenor bell with parishoners watching from the gallery.

Marta completes the fettling of the first of Godalming's new bells.

Cornworthy, Devon, St Peter's Parish Church:-     Major maintenance and restoration work is to be undertaken to this 9 cwt ring of six which was cast by John III & Christopher IV Pennington in 1781. The entire installation was rehung with new fittings in a cast iron and steel frame in 1939 by Taylors. The bellframe is to be stripped down, and two new galvanised steel  under girders installed. Repair work will be carried out on beam ends and gate ends, and then the entire bellframe will be re-painted. Clappers, crown staples, rope roller boxes and one bell wheel will be restored before the ring is reinstated for ringing. A new belfry floor will also be installed. (Update:- Bell fittings removed and now at Loughborough for restoration. Bell wheel has been resoled and shrouded.)

Matt Johns stands by our biggest base plate - part of a mould for casting a bell of up to 20 tons!

Canterbury, Kent, St Dunstan's Parish Church:-     Working with the Kent County Association's Bell Restoration team maintenance work will be carried out. The clappers/crownstaples and headstocks of the three largest bells will be removed and brought to the Foundry. The clappers/crownstaples will be fully restored, and new cast iron gudgeon boxes, gudgeons and bearings will be mnufactured and fitted. The restored parts will then be refitted.

Bristol, Bishop Road Primary School:-     An order has been placed by Bristol City Council for the casting of a 20" diameter bell for this historic school. The bell will be supplied with hardwood headstock and an internal electro-magnetic hammer. (Update:- This bell was cast on 22nd February and has now been tuned. New hardwood headstock has been manufactured and fitted. Ready for dispatch.)

Australia, Ingleburn, Holy Family Catholic Church:-      Our good friend, Ron Shepherd is creating a "new" ring of bells at Ingleburn. We will work with him as a sub-contractor as the project develops. At present he is also working with the Keltek Trust and we will be using three bells we have in stock, and casting a new fourth bell. We will also supply ropes, clappers and crown staples etc.

Bampton, Cumbria, St Patrick's Parish Church:-     An order has been placed to cast a new ring of six bells, with a tenor bell weighing 5 cwts for this church. All new ringing fittings will be manufactured, together with a new galvanised steel bell frame which will be sited lower in the tower. The existing unringable five and their hardwood bell frame will be left in situ, with bell wheels and other fittings removed, and the bells and frame will be conserved. New access ladders will be manufactured and installed, together with a new belfry floor under the new ring.

Evesham, Worcestershire, The Bell Tower:-     This beautiful detached bell tower houses one of the most musical rings of bells ever cast. The complete installation, a ring of twelve with a 35 cwt tenor bell, is the work of Taylor's and dates from 1951. The parish has now placed an order for the cleaning and repainting of the bell frame after the completion of major stonework repairs to the tower last year.. The bell fittings will be removed, and the cast iron and steel bell frame will be properly cleaned down before painting begins with a rust inhibitor, and then with a top coat of gloss paint. The fittings wil then be re-assembled. (Update:- Work at this tower started on Thursday 4th May.)

Evesham's magnificent bell tower.

Weston Favell, Northants, St Peter's Parish Church:-      Maintenance work to this 8 cwt ring of five will include the restoration of the clappers and crown staples, the refurbishment of the rope roller boxes, and the supply and fitting of cast iron ceiling bosses.

Dunbarton, Scotland, St Patrick's R C Church:-     The twenty-three bell Gillett & Johnston carillon at this church was installed in 1927. Maintenance work has been carried out by us in recent times, and the parish has now placed an order for the cleaning and de-rusting of the bell frame, and its complete re-painting.

Shepshed, Leicestershire, St Botolph's Parish Church:-     This classic Taylor 15 cwt ring of eight is to undergo maintenance. The bells will be lifted from their pits and their bearings will be cleaned/replaced. The treble's bell wheel will be re-soled and re-shrouded, and the clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes will be fully restored.  (Update:- The treble bell wheel and other fittings have beeen restored and returned to the bells. Lift & clean of bearings still outstanding.)

Boxford, Suffolk, St Mary's Parish Church:-     The eight clappers and crown staples from this 21 cwt ring of eight are to be fully restored.

Durham, St Oswld King & Martyr Parish Church:-     The sanctus bell at this church is to be restored and its bellframe stabilized. (Update:- This bell, with new fittings is ready for dispatch.)

St Oswald's Sanctus bell ready for dispatch.

Devizes, Wiltshire, St James' Southbroom:-     This ring of six was last rehung by Taylors in 1909. The headstocks are to be removed and returned to Loughborough for the fitting of new gudgeons and bearings. The clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes are also to be fully restored. (Update:- The fittings have been restored and are ready for dispatch.)

Southbroom's restored headstocks.

Berkeley, Gloucestershire, St Mary the Virgin:-     This 23 cwt ring of ten is to be removed from the tower and brought back to Loughborough for restoration. The iron and steel bell frame is the work of Thomas Blackbourn (1899) and Mears & Stainbank (1921) and is on two levels. This will also be removed from the tower, and will be rebuilt on a new galvanised steel base, with additions and adaptions, as a single tier bellframe. All of the bell fittings will be overhauled and restored, before the bells are returned to the tower and rehung. (Update:- Bells, fittings and frame removed from tower and at Loughborough. Cast iron bell frame sides have been sand blasted clean. Decision awaited about tuning the bells.)

Berkeley bells, fittings and frame  have been removed from the tower and brought to the Foundry - here the cast iron framesides dating from 1899 are unloaded after being cleaned by sandblasting.

Blockley, Gloucestershire, S.S. Peter & Paul:-     This 16 cwt ring of eight, together with its bell frame and fittings will be removed from the tower for a major restoration project. A new ten bell  "lowside" cast iron and galvanised steel bell frame will be manufactured. Two new treble bells will be cast, and the tenor bell recast, the other bells being tuned. New fittings will be manufactured for all the bells, and the augmented ring will then be rehung in the tower. (Update:- This ring of bells, its frame and fittings has been removed from the tower and is at Loughborough. The three new bells will be cast on 6th September.)

Blockley bells at Loughborough.

Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, St Mary's Parish Church:-     An order has been placed to remove this unringable five from the tower for a complete restoration and augmentation. The present ring, with a tenor weighing 6 cwts., is the work of three different founders, and the bells date between 1619 & 1866. It is thought that at least one of the bells is cracked, and the repair of this and other conservation work will be undertaken. A new treble bell will be cast to augment the ring to six, and new fittings will be manufactured for all the bells. A new bell frame will also be manufactured and this will be sited lower in the tower once installed. (Update:- Bells, fittings and frame have been removed - bells now at Foundry. New treble was cast on 6th April and is now in the tuning shop. Cast-in iron crown staples have been drilled out of the heads of the bells..)

Black Bourton's bells ready to be transported (Photo: Brian Butcher.)

Girdar has been drilling out the bells' cast-in iron staples.

Marta prepares to fettle Black Bourton's new treble.

London, Chelsea Barracks:-     An order has been received to cast a new 22" diameter bell for the chapel at this famous army barracks. The bell will be supplied and hung with full fittings for swing chiming.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Minster Church of St Mary:-     An order has been placed for a new 21 cwts ring of twelve to be cast and tuned for this Minster church. An additional sharp 2nd bell will also be cast to provide a light octave for teaching purposes. The bells will be supplied to Whites of Appleton who are the chosen contractor for this project.  (Update:- All of the bells have now been cast and tuned. The smalles seven have been dispatched to Whites of Appleton.)

Master founder, Roger, makes one final check of the tenor mould.

Girdar with Cheltenham's new tenor bell ready for its final fettling and polishing - back six bells behind..

Priors Marston, Warwickshire,St Leonard's Parish Church:-     A new hardwood headstock will be manufactured for the 1721 Henry III Bagley treble bell of this 14 cwt ring of six It will be carved to accommodate the canons, argent and plate gudgeons. Maintenance work to the bearings, bearing plates, and bearing securing bolts of the 3rd & 5th bells will be carried out with the fitting of the new headstock, securing them securely to the 1721 oak bell frame. (Update: Manufacturing complete - rehanging to follow.)

Getting ready for a cast in the back foundry where small components are made.

Bradwell on Sea, Essex, St Thomas:-     The oak eight bellframe at this church is the work of John Williams, and dates from 1744, when Robert Catlin cast a ring of six bells, tenor 8 cwts, with the treble pits remaining vacant for over 270 years. The bells will be removed from the tower and brought back to Loughborough for quarter turning and conservation work. New fittings will be manufactured, and two new matching profile trebles cast to complete the octave before the bells are rehung. (Update:- The two new treble bells will be cast on 21st June 2017.)

Burwell, Cambridgeshire, St Mary BV Parish Church:-     After building work inside the church tower, when a wall was erected between the organ and ringing chamber, bells 1 & 2 were no longer roped down, their ropes falling the wrong side of the new wall. This effectively reduced the peal to a ring of six. These, and bells 6, 7 & 8 have been re-positioned/re-roped to create a proper ringing circle and make ringing on eight possible once more. The clappers, crown staples, and rope roller boxes from this 13cwt eight will be restored, and the bells will be lifted from their pits and bearings cleaned/replaced. Odd struckness will be corrected. (Update:- Restoration work is in progress - re-roping/re-positioning completed and all eight bells now ringable.)

Easington, North Yorkshire, All Saints:-     This 6 cwt chime of eight is the work of G &J (1932) and Taylors (1937). One of the main support girders will be replaced together with all the bell bolts in stainless steel. All the trigger action clappers and pulleys will be converted and restored and the transmission replaced

Iwerne Courtney, Dorset, The Church of St Mary, Shroton:-    A major restoration of this ground floor 9 cwt ring of six will be undertaken. The bells will be removed from the tower, and mainly new fittings will be manufactured for all six. The ancient fifth bell will be welded to enable it to continue in use, and the tenor bell, which is of poor tone, underweight and lighter than the fifth, will be recast. The bells will then be rehung in the existing bell frame. (Update:- The ancient 5th has been welded in its head at Soundweld and is back at Loughborough and has been tuned. The front four bells have been sand blasted clean, tuned and had seating pads cast on their crowns. New cast iron headstocks have been cast and gudgeons fitted to them. They have been fitted to the bells. The new tenor bell has been cast and tuned.)

The bells have been tuned and new headstocks have been fitted to five of the bells.

The new tenor tuned and polished and ready for its headstock.

Transferring molten bell metal from the furnace to the crucible prior to casting.

Pillerton Hersey, Warwickshire, St Mary's Parish Church:-     This unringable three are to be rehung on new fittings for full circle change ringing. The last work on them was carried out by Bond of Burford in 1900, when a new composite bell frame of oak and cast iron was installed. The cast framesides will be re-used when a new foundation grillage of galvanised steel is constructed. Extra framesides will be manufactured to create a five bell frame, and another bell, ex Adlestrop, will be added to create a ring of four. It is hoped the fifth bell will follow before too long.   (Update:- Bells have been removed and are at Loughborough.)

Downside Abbey, Bath, Somerset, The Bededictine Abbey Church:-     An order has been placed for work to be undertaken on the two bells in the Abbey's Bell Tower. The smaller of the two, the "monastery bell", is to have its electromagnetic hammer replaced, together with a new programmable controller unit and its surrounding supporting steelwork will be restored. Great Bede, the abbey's 5 ton bourdon bell, will be rehung in the tower on a massive new cast iron headstock designed for slow swing chiming. It's other fittings will modified as necessary to fit the new headstock, and it will also have its side tolling hammer overhauled and its electrical controls upgraded. A new programmable unit will be supplied and fitted. (Update:- Our engineers have begun the restoration work to the supporting steelwork. The casting of the headstock will not take place until 2017)

Kirkham, Lancashire, St Michael's Parish Church:-     The PCC of this church has placed an order for a major restoration project to be undertaken. The existing 1846 Charles Mears eight (tenor 20 cwts) will be removed from the tower, together with its bell frame and all fittings. A new ring of ten bells (tenor 17 cwts) will be created using the largest four bells from the redundant chime at Porth, Glamorganshire (Taylors 1935), and casting six new treble bells to match these. A new cast iron and galvanised steel bell frame will be manufactured, together with all new bell fittings, and the new ring will then be hung for ringing. (Update: Old bell installation has been removed from tower, and bells transported to Loughborough. Work on the new bell frame has begun with the casting of the massive "H" frames in our Foundry - this will take some weeks. New bells due to be cast on the 1st & 15th June 2017.)

Australia, Rosemeadow, NSW, The R C Church of Our Lady Help of Christians:-     A contract has been placed for a new light ring of eight bells (Tenor 5 cwts in the key of C). Four new bells (Nos 2,3,4,& 7) will be cast to match four existing harmonically tuned bells that have been stored at our Foundry. New fittings will be manufactured for all eight bells, and a bellframe design will be supplied to Ron Shepherd, who will manufacture it locally and install the bells. (Update:- New bells scheduled to be cast in the August.)

Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, St Mary and St Margaret:-     An order has been placed to remove this 1952 Gillett & Johnston 10cwt ring of six from the tower, together with bellframe and fittings. A new single tier cast iron and galvanised steel bellframe for eight bells will be manufactured, together with two new trebles to G & J profiles. New ringing fittings will be produced for all eight bells, and the new and restored bells will then be hung back in the tower. This project has been part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. (Update:- New trebles were cast to G & J profiles on 21st September - they have been fettled and tuned. Existing ring of six with fittings and frame have been removed and are at Loughborough. New cast iron frame sides have been manufactured.)

One of the new trebles on the tuning machine.

Now fettled and tuned, Castle Bromwich's new trebles -  lovely castings.

Castle Bromwich's bells are now at Loughborough.

Anthony works on Castle Bromwich's new bell frame castings.

Hull, East Yorkshire, Holy Trinity Parish Church:-      One of Britain's largest and most beautiful parish churches, its tower houses a magnificent Taylor twelve plus three additional semi-tones. In addition to the ringing peal, Taylor's cast an automated carillon of 23 bells in 2012/13, and this has proved a very popular addition to the bell sounds emanating from Holy Trinity. An order has now been received to cast the bottom two semi-tones to complete a 25 bell, two octave carillon.(Update: Both bells were delivered to Holy Trinity on Saturday 26th November- hanging will proceed once all permissions are in place.)

Cotterstock, Northamptonshire, St Andrew's Parish Church:-     A major restoration is to be undertaken at Cotterstock with a project partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The 8 cwt ring of five and their fittings will be removed from the tower and brought back to the Foundry. The bells will be conserved and tuned, and augmented to six with a newly cast treble to match. With the exception of the wheel centres, which will be restored, all new ringing fittings will be manufactured. New RSJ's will be fitted beneath the bell frame to provide extra support, and a new extension bell frame will be manufactured for the new treble bell. A rope guide will be manufactured and installed to improve the ease of handling for the ringers. Before the bells are rehung two new access ladders will be manufactured and installed. (Update: Bells and fittings ready for dispatch.)

The new treble has been cast and fettled - tuning next.

Headstocks have been fitted and the bells are being balanced and timed.

Richmond, North Yorkshire, St Mary's Parish Church:-     The PCC of this church has placed an order for a major restoration and recasting of this 11 cwt ring of eight. A completely new ring of eight bells, tenor 11 cwts will be cast to replace the existing ring, and these will be hung on new fittings in a new cast iron and galvanised steel bellframe of "Lowside" design. The oldest five bells from the existing ring date from circa 1500, 1697 & 1739, and these will be retained and hung on a new galvanised frame for chiming. A galvanised walkway above the bells will also be manufactured and installed above the new ring of bells. (Update: The new ring of eight, plus the five old beils being retained have been delivered to Richmond for a Service of Dedication which took place on 25th April 2017. Bells and frame being installed at present.)

Work on Richmond's new bells and bell frame nears completion     - once fully assembled and tested it will be dismantled and all steel components sent away for hot dip galvanising.

The bell frame has been dismantled and all steel work sent  away for galvanising. Colin applies the top coat gloss paint to the cast iron framesides before dispatch.

Brinkworth, Wiltshire, St Michael & All Angels:-     The back five of this 18 cwt ring of six were cast in 1663 by William III & Richard II Purdue, the treble being added by Mears & Stainbank in 1924. The parish has now placed an order for the bells to be removed from the tower to Loughborough, and for all new fittings to be manufactured for them. It is known that the 3rd and tenor bells are cracked in the crown, and these will be repaired by specialist welding. The other bells will be examined by dye penetration testing to check that they are sound, and any others found to be cracked will also be welded. The bellframe is of cast iron and was manufactured by Warners in 1903, and this will be retained when the bells are rehung. (Update: Bells have been transported to Soundweld for crown repairs. New headstocks cast and gudgeons and bearings fitted. Wheels are having their centres remade and being re-soled and re-shrouded.)

Ross with one of Brinkworth's restored bell wheels.

Rochdale, Greater Manchester, Christ Church, Healey:-     The PCC of this church has placed an order for restoration work to be undertaken on their 15 cwt ring of six. The bells were cast at Loughborough, the tenor in 1851, the remaining five in 1870. The bells were last rehung by Mears & Stainbank in the first quarter of the 20th century. The bells will be lowered into their pits and the fittings will be removed from the tower and transported to the Foundry. New gudgeons and bearings in cast iron bearing housings will be manufactured and fitted to all the headstocks. The bell wheels will be restored with new shrouding etc as necessary, and new ground pulleys will be manufactured and fitted. The clappers and crown staples will be fully restored. The old bell frame will be removed and a new galvanised steel "H" design bell frame will be constructed and installed and the bells rehung in it. A new sound insulated ringing chamber ceiling will be constructed and installed to complete the project..    (Update: Project nearing completion at Loughborough - all bells now hanging in new bell frame which is ready for dismantling and galvanising.)

Healey's tenor arrives back at the Foundry after cleaning by gentle sand blasting - Martin Wright from "MTW BLAST IT" unloads the bells.

Colin with Healey's new bell frame, an all steel construction which will be galvanised once complete.

Colin's been building bell frames for more than forty years - phew!

Laughton-en-le-Morthen, South Yorkshire, All Saints:-    An order has been placed by this church for the installation of the ring of six bells originally destined for the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. These bells originally hung in Writtle Parish Church, Essex and have now been purchased by The Keltek Trust after it was found that they were too heavy for the University Chapel Tower. The existing three bells at Laughton were rehung by Taylors on new ringing fittings without stays or sliders in 2000 AD for swing chiming in the old bell frame, and this installation will be left in situ. A new galvanised steel bell frame for six or eight bells will be installed beneath this and all new ringing fittings will be manufactured before the bells are hung.

The project has also now been enlarged to include the installation of a new bell chamber floor and ringing chamber ceiling and access ladder between them. Clock weights shafts will also be need to be constructed to ensure sound levels at ringing chamber level are correct.

(Update:This project will begin once the Diocese of Sheffield issues the Faculty which will take place once stonework repairs at the base of the spire are agreed with the newly appointed church architect.)

Butterton, Staffordshire, St Bartholomew:-   The ring of three from this church, with a tenor weighing 8 cwt 3 qrs 10 lbs, was cast by Taylors in 1872 and has been unringable for some time. The bells have been removed from the tower and brought back to the Foundry to enable building work to take place internally at the base of the tower. The church hope to place an order for a new bell frame for six bells to be constructed and installed once funding is in place. It is proposed that the existing ring of three will undergo conservation and tuning, and new ringing fittings will be manufactured for them before they are rehung in the new bell frame. It is hoped that three treble bells from the Keltek Trust will complete the ring of six. 

Taylor Bell Ropes:-   Full details available by contacting our office (office@taylorbells.co.uk) or by telephone 01509 212241.  

   

Finished ropes ready for dispatch - salley colours are chosen by the customer.

Handbell Department:-   A steady stream of work keeps this department busy.  Old sets come to us for full restoration and new sets are cast in our Foundry and are then fitted out in our handbell department.

          

Handbells moulds ready for casting.                 A completed set made by David Cole our handbell engineer.

Loughborough, Taylor's Bell Foundry Carillon Tower:-  in 1904 Taylor's produced the world's first carillon ever to be harmonically tuned to equal temperament, and a carillon tower was built to house it as part of the Foundry buildings. This tower should not be confused with the campanile tower that houses the ring of twelve bells. Eventually the Foundry carillon was expanded to encompass four chromatic octaves of bells (49) and carillonneurs from all over the world came to play it. Sadly, in times of hardship all of the bells from this carillon were either used for their metal or sold individually until none remained. The Board of Taylor's has decided that a new carillon should be installed to replace the original, and already 27 bells have been cast towards this. Work proceeds as time and money allows, and although progress is slow, headway is being made. (Update:- No further progress can be made until the restoration of the tower itself has been completed, and this is a small part of the overall restoration plan for the Foundry. As this relies partly on a successful Heritage bid we could still be a few years away from completion.)

 
John Taylor & Co
The Bellfoundry
Freehold Street
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 1AR
England
Tel: +44 (0)1509 212241
Fax: +44 (0)1509 263305