Our church bell fell silent just before Easter when the bell rope came tumbling down the belfry to the ground. We missed its faithful call to worship, and the sounding out the angelus to the parish. Fortunately, Dr George Lee, the Manchester Diocesan Bell Advisor stepped in and kindly agreed to visit and help us out.
George climbed up the belfry right to the bell and reapplied the rope and took some fascinating photos while he was up there.
Here are some facts about our bell at Church:
The bell was cast in 1905 by John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough, a bell foundry which has been operated by the Taylor family since 1784 and is still doing well.
Bell sizes are measured in the older avoirdupois system – our bell weighs 5cwt 1qt 22lbs, which corresponds to approximately 610lbs or 277Kg.
The bell is 30ins in diameter, and is tuned to C#.
The inscriptions on the bell read:
JOHN TAYLOR & CO LOUGHBOROUGH LEICESTERSHIRE
A M D G VENITE ADORAMUS
We are very grateful to George for his repairs which will hopefully last us a couple of years, but meanwhile we need to consider arranging for a new bell rope (costing in the region of £300).