© 2019 Whites of Appleton Ltd.  Maintained by Mark Walker.  Last updated 24th July 2019.

These projects were completed in 2013.
 

2013 PROJECTS 

APSLEY END, HERTS. (6 bells, Tenor 13-0-25 in F)
Tuning and rehanging

 

The bells have been re-tuned and rehung on new fittings in the existing bell frame.

FLITWICK, BEDS. (6 bells, Tenor 9-1-9 in G)
A ring of six rehung on new fittings

 

The six bells have been re-tuned and rehung on new fittings in the existing bell frame, the tenor also being specialist weld-repaired in the crown.

HARWICH, ESSEX (8 bells, Tenor 13-2-22 in G)
Four bells rehung in-situ

 

The tenor, 7th, 4th and 3rd bells have had their cast-in crown staples drilled out by hand in the tower. They were then rehung on new canon-retaining headstocks.

FELMERSHAM, BEDS. (8 bells, Tenor 20-2-18 in Eb)
Overhaul and maintenance

 

The bearing units have been cleaned, overhauled and re-greased. The clappers have been repaired and rebushed and the pulley units replaced.

MANORBIER, PEMBS. (3 chimning bells, 6 cwt. approx.)
Electro-magnetic chiming

 

The cast-in crown staples of the treble and 2nd have been drilled out by hand in the tower. All three bells have been hung "dead" in the existing strengthened frame with electro-magnetic hammers for automatic electronic chiming.

CHEDDINGTON, BUCKS. (6 bells, Tenor 11-3-0 in F)
Ball bearing conversion

 

The headstocks have been fitted with new gudgeons and ball bearing units and the other fittings overhauled. The remaining cast-in crown staples have been removed by hand-drilling in the tower.

HEMITAGE, BERKS (1 bell)
Rehanging with traditional fittings

 

The single chiming bell was taken down earlier in 2013 when it became unsafe. The bell has now been rehung for swing-chiming with new fittings.

STOKE DOYLE, NORTHANTS. (5 bells, Tenor 10-3-10 in Ab)
Five bells rehung in the existing diagonal frame

 

The five bells have been rehung on new fittings in the existing strengthened bell frame.

WINDSOR CASTLE (Curfew Tower) (8 bells, Tenor 26cwt. approx in C#)
New timber headstock

 

The 3rd bell has been 16th-turned and rehung on a new timber headstock.

HINTON ADMIRAL, HANTS. (5 bells, Tenor 9-0-9 in A)
Five bells rehung in the existing cast iron bell frame.

 

The bells have been rehung on new fitttings in the existing bell frame.

CASSINGTON, OXON. (6 bells, Tenor 12-1-4 in F#)
Six bells rehung in a wrought iron double-bar frame

 

The bells have been rehung on new fittings in the existing strengthened bell frame

GRETTON, GLOS. (1 bell)
Cast-in crown staple drilled out by hand in the tower

 

The single bell has been hand-drilled in the tower to remove its cast-in crown staple and has been rehung on traditional fittings for swing chiming.

EDGWARE, LONDON. (6 bells, Tenor 9cwt. approx. in B)
Bells rehung on new fittings in-situ

 

The bells were tested for cracks using dye-penetrant.  The cast-in crown staples were then drilled out by hand in the tower and the ringing fittings renewed.

FORDHAM, CAMBS. (8 bells, Tenor 15-0-10 in F)
Clapper works

The clappers have been rebushed and refaced. The 4th and 6th bells were also fitted with new adjustable clapper staples due to their canon-retaining headstocks not having clapper adjustment screws. This will allow the clappers to be set up for even clappering.

DEVONPORT DOCKYARD (3 clock bells)
Restoration Works

The three Gillett & Johnston clock bells have been hung on a new galvanised steel pedestal frame. This work was carried out in conjunction with The Cumbria Clock Company.

OLD MILVERTON, WARKS. (3 bells, Tenor 5¾cwt. approx. in C)
Ellacombe chime

 

The three bells have had their cast-in crown staples removed and been rehung for stationary chiming with all new fittings.

BARNWOOD, GLOS. (8 bells, Tenor 10-0-12 in G)
Specialist weld repairs

 

The Rudhall bells have been specialist weld-repaired, building up clapper indentations and filling existing support bolt holes. All remaining plain bearings have been replaced with new ball bearing units and the installation overhauled.

SEAL CHART, KENT. (6 bells, Tenor 5-2-21 in B)
Clapper refurbishment

 

The existing 5th and tenor bells have been removed from the ring and two trebles have been cast so that the ring of six is reduced in both size and weight. The existing bells have been re-tuned and all six hung on new fittings in the existing two-tier bell frame.

LLANENGAN, GWYNEDD. (3 chiming bells, Tenor 5cwt. approx.)
Overhaul and repairs

 

The three chiming bells and their fittings have been overhauled, some fittings also being replaced due to extensive salt corrosion due to the coastal location.

GARSINGTON, OXON. (6 bells, Tenor 8-1-6 in G)
Retuned and rehung "ground floor" six

 

The six bells have been re-tuned and rehung on new fittings in the existing strengthened bell frame.

HITCHIN, HERTS. (13 bells, Tenor 17-0-16 in E)
Augmentation to twelve and a sharp 2nd

 

The existing tenor and 7th bells have been removed from the ring of ten and five trebles cast to form a ring of twelve with a sharp 2nd. The thirteen bells have been hung in a new cast iron bell frame with new fittings.

Willersey, Glos. (6 bells, Tenor 12 cwt. approx. in G)
Major overhaul

 

The wheels have been re-rimmed, the clappers rebushed, the pulley units replaced and the main bearings re-greased.