Here at St Chrysostom’s, our church bell is rung before morning prayer, vespers, and mass. You have heard the bell ring multiple times, but have you ever wondered what the bell looks like?
A few young adults from Church were curious about the bell tower and decided to explore it. Upstairs in the sacristy there is a door to the bell tower, which leads into a round tall room. Although this room is mostly used for storage, there is a long ladder leading up to the bell.
With a headlamp secured to my head and torches in the hands of the other young adults, we fearlessly climbed the tall ladder one by one to the bell.
We came across a small corridor which connects the bell tower to the attic of the church nave. We squeezed our bodies through a small hole and explored the attic above the whole nave.
We were even able to walk all the way to the small window above the St John Chrysostom’s statue at the front of the main doors. At the end of our explorations we were covered from head to toe in dirt!
Now for some Fun Facts
- The bell tower is 25.6m (84 ft) high.
- The bell manufacturers were John Taylor and Co., of Loughborough.
- The bell is tuned to C#.
- The bell weighs 610lbs or 277kg.
- The inscription on the bell reads “A.M.D.G. Venite Adoremus” – To the greater glory of God, Come let us worship.
Hannah, Parish Assistant