The weight of the bells will be reduced to approximately 45 cwt.
Our chosen bell hangers, Nicholson’s of Bridport, will transfer the Carillon to the new ring of bells.
A raised ringing floor will mean the draft of rope from the ceiling can be shortened considerably, enabling all the ringers to control the bells more easily.
The lighter bells will put much less stress on the iron frame and therefore less stress on the tower itself, as well as being easier for the ringers to handle.
The smaller bells will make access to the belfry slightly easier, whilst the modern fittings will need far less maintenance.
The repairs to the belfry floor and the bell frame will mean that the frame no longer rocks, which will reduce the stresses on the tower, and remove one of the main reasons why the bells do not swing freely.
Finally, the glass screen will effect a positive, permanent change to the interior of our church, by allowing the ringing and ringers to be part of our celebrations, and by allowing valuable natural light into the Nave through the west window of the tower.
After the bells have been removed for recasting/retuning, they will be installed as follows:
8th Tenor (melt down to create new treble and 2nd)
7th (melt down to create new treble and 2nd)
6th Recast as 8th Tenor
5th becomes 7th
4th “ 6th
3rd “ 5th
2nd “ 4th
1st Treble “ 3rd
Cast new bell 2nd
Cast new bell 1st Treble
The bells will go to the Eijsbouts bell foundry in Holland to be recast/retuned from the Key of E to the Key of F#.