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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.
Malpas, Cheshire, St Oswald's Parish Church:- Maintenance work will be undertaken on this 15 cwt eight. The bells consist of four Rudhall bells from 1802, and four modern Taylor bells. They were last were rehung by Taylor's in 1914. (Update:- Work to headstocks complete.)
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. The bell will be cast in 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.)
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: The moulds for this new ring are being prepared. Casting of the first five will take place Thursday 20th April.)
Anthony makes a start preparing the moulds for the new ring of eight at Godalming.
Anthony prepares another of Godalming's new bell moulds.
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.)
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.
Maghull, Merseyside, St Andrew's Paish Church:- Major Maintenance work is to be carried out on this Taylor chime of eight bells (Largest bell 13 cwts.) which date from 1918. The clappers/crownstaples, return springs, transmission and clavier have been returned to Loughborough for refurbishment, and the bell frame will be cleaned and painted before all is reassembled. (Update:- Work to Clappers, Crownstaples, Springs and Adjusters is complete. Work to restore the clavier will take place shortly.)
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.)
The school bell straight from the foundry before fettling.
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.
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 been removed and are at Loughborough for restoration.)
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 is at Loughborough and new fittings have been manufactured.)
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.
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 and frame removed from tower and at Loughborough.)
Berkeley bells have been removed from the tower and brought to the Foundry.
Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, S.S. Peter & Paul:- We re-gudgeoned the treble headstock from this 7 cwt ring of six last year. The clappers, crown staples and rope roller boxes will now be returned to Loughborough for restoration. The ceiling bosses will also be removed and be refixed to complete this maintenance work. (Update: All fittings for restoration are now at Loughborough and restoration is in progress.)
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.
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.)
Black Bourton's bells ready to be transported (Photo: Brian Butcher.)
Dye penetration testing has shown a large crack in one of the bells.
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 ten tuned to date. The three tenors were cast on 30th March.)
Girdar has tuned ten of the new bells so far - Shroton bells behind.
Anthony prepares the pit for the tenors - the moulds will be buried before casting.
Master founder, Roger, makes one final check of the tenor mould.
The casting of Cheltenham's new tenors completes this ring - donors and parishoners witnessed the event.
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.
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. The new tenor bell has been cast and tuned.)
Girdar lifts the new tenor off the tuning machine.
Shroton's new headstocks are ready for fitting.
The new tenor tuned and polished and ready for its headstock.
Grinton, North Yorkshire, St Andrew's Parish Church:- This 10cwt ring of eight is the work of Taylor's and Gillett & Johnston. Earlier this year, Taylor's provided two new treble bells to complete the octave, and the parish has now asked for major maintenance work to be carried out on the back six bells. All clappers, crownstaples and roller boxes will be returned to Loughborough for restoration, and the wheel of the fifth bell will be restored. A new rope guide will be manufactured and installed in the ringing chamber to make the handling of the bells easier. (Update:- All bells have been lifted and bearings have been cleaned. Clappers, crown staples and roller boxes have been restored and have been returned to bells.)
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)
Director Mike Semken retrieves the pattern for Downside Abbey's new headstock from storage.
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 15th May 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.
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.)
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: Tuning has been completed and new cast iron headstocks have been fitted. The bell wheels have been altered to accommodate the new headstocks, and restored with new soling and shrouding. New treble was cast on 6th April.)
Cotterstock bells fitted with their new headstocks..
The wheels have been repaired and dipped in preservative for protection.
The new treble has been cast and fettled - tuning next.
Rainford, Merseyside, All Saints' Parish Church:- This church houses a classic Taylor ring of eight with a 13 cwt tenor bell. The installation dates from 1904 and maintenance work will now be undertaken to keep things in good order. The forked topped clappers, together with crown staples, will be returned to the Foundry for complete restoration, and seven of the eight bell pads will be replaced with new so that the bells seat correctly on their headstocks.
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: This new ring has been cast and tuning has been completed. New bell wheels are now complete, and the headstocks have been fitted to the bells. The manufacture of the new bell frame began on Monday 27th March and nears completion, with bells and fittings being assembled in it before dismantling. The old bells have been removed from the tower and are at Loughborough )
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.
Five of Richmond's old ring are to be retained as chiming bells after being cleaned and mounted on a new framework.
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.)
Brinkworth's bells off to Southweld.
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: This project has now changed from the original specification. A new bellframe is to be manufactured and fitted with the bells all on one level, sitting slightly lower in the tower. The bells are to be re-tuned. Bells & old oak frame have been removed from the tower the tower and are at Loughborough, with return due in June.)
Healey's tenor arrives back at the Foundry after cleaning by gentle sand blasting - Martin Wright from "MTW BLAST IT" unloads the bells.
Some of Healey's bells in the tuning shop - new seating pads have been cast on their crowns.
Brooke, Norfolk, St Peter's Parish Church:- One of Norfolk's "round tower" churches, this parish possesses a ring of six tenor 14 cwts - hung anti clockwise. The bells date between 1535 and 1758 and are the work of three founders, Joseph Mallows, Samuel Gilpin & William Barker. The parish has placed an order for a complete restoration of the installation to be undertaken by Taylor's. The existing bellframe, which dates circa 1758, will be carefully dismantled, conserved, and then rebuilt in the tower's middle chamber. A new cast iron & galvanised steel bellframe will be manufactured and installed. The bells will have their cast in iron crown staples drilled out, and a decision will be made about correcting some of their partial tones while they are at Loughborough. New ringing fittings will be manufactured, and the bells will then be returned and be hung in the new bellframe. Dumb bells, with complete ringing fittings will be manufactured and be hung in the old bell frame to provide a teaching facility. (Update:- The moving of the existing bell frame into the middle chamber has been completed. New cast-iron canon retaining headstocks have been cast and fitted to the bells. The building of the new bellframe is complete and it has been galvanised. Installation of the new bell frame began on Monday 27th March.)
All the headstocks have now been fitted.
The new bell frame is being constructed and bells hung in it - once complete it will be dismantled and hot dip galvanised to remove the necessity for painting.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.)