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

These projects were completed in 2014.
 

2014 PROJECTS 

BARMING, KENT. (6 bells, Tenor 9-0-8 in G)
A ring of six rehung

 

The cast-in crown staples were removed, all but the "listed" 3rd bell retuned and all six rehung on new fittings in the existing bell frame.  Two galvanised steel beams were placed under the bell frame to give additional support and reduce frame movement.

MONK SHERBORNE, HANTS. (5 bells, Tenor 7-1-4 in G#)
A ring of five restored

The cast-in crown staples were removed, three of the bells were retuned and all five were rehung on new fittings in the existing ancient strengthened timber bell frame.

PELHAM PLACE, HANTS. (1 bell)
A gateway bell

 

A single bell originally from the church at Chawton was hung above the gate house at the country estate of Pelham Place. The bell is hung dead and fitted with a trigger action clapper.

BLOXHAM, OXON. (8 bells, Tenor 26-3-7 in C#)
Major overhaul and improvements

 

The front four clappers were rebushed and a timber shaft clapper fitted to the 5th to improve the clappering characteristics.  All pulley units were replaced, and the 3rd rope path improved by removing one of the three lower guide pulleys, also adding a rope flapping board.  The hardened grease was removed from the main bearings and the correct grade of ball bearing grease applied, the "go" of the bells being much improved as a result.

BRAMSHAW, HANTS. (2 bells)
Ancient bells rehung for swing-chiming

 

These two ancient bells have had their cast-in crown staples removed and been rehung on new traditional fittings for swing-chiming in the existing bell frame.  The smaller bell is one of only a few dating from the C13th.

HOLYWELL, LINCS. (4 bells)
An automated chime of four

 

The church is situated in the grounds of Holywell Hall.  The two existing bells (one C15th and one 1628) had their cast-in crown staples removed and were then hung "dead" with two new additional bells to create an electronically controlled "Cambridge" or "Westminster" chime.  As well as the clock chime, the control unit also allows: Single Toll (Push Button Control), Slow Toll, Fast Toll, Changes on three, Changes on four and the Angelus.

CHEARSLEY, BUCKS. (6 bells, Tenor 9-0-1 in G)
Three bells augmented to six.

 

The ring of three was rehung by us in 2004.  In 2014 we extended the wrought iron double bar frame with three additional pits and augmented the ring to six with three new bells and all new ringing fittings.

ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, LONDON. (12 bells, Tenor 61-2-12 in Bb)
Forge-weld repair of two clappers.

 

Cracks were identified in two of the wrought iron clappers and forge-weld repaired.

ICKWORTH PARK, SUFFOLK. (Church of St. Mary) (1 bell)
A bell hung for stationary chiming in an ancient bell frame.

 

The single bell, 3'- 1" in diameter and cast by Thomas Gardiner in 1711, was rehung for stationary chiming with a trigger-action clapper in the ancient bell frame,

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OXFORD. (12 bells, Tenor 31-0-23 in D)
Setting the bells up for even striking

 

The clappers of all twelve bells have been set up for even strking with our laser-timing meter.  Some of the clappers were also overhauled and re-bushed.

HINTON WALDRIST, OXON. (6 bells, Tenor 6-2-19 in Bb)
Gudgeon replacement and general overhaul

 

The loose gudgeons of the 2nd headstock were replaced.  All pulley units were replaced, and the clappers rebushed and set up for even striking.

POCKLINGTON, E. YORKS. (8 bells, Tenor 17-0-1 in E)
Major overhaul

 

The clappers were rebushed and set up for even striking, the pulley units replaced and the main bearings cleaned and re-greased.

WENDOVER, BUCKS. (The Clock Tower) (1 bell)
Restoration works

 

The bell had its cast-in crown staple removed and was then rehung on a new timber deadstock, also fitting the restored existing wheel to maintain the visual appearance of the tower.  The clock strikes the bell.

CUMNOR, OXON. (8 bells, Tenor 13-1-4 in F)
Bell Frame Painting

 

The six bells were rehung by us in a new cast iron and steel bell frame, and subsequently augmented to eight in 1988.  This year, we cleaned down and re-painted the bell frame, including the foundation beams.  Since the 1990s, we have galvanised the steel work of all new bell frames that we construct.

GREAT GRANSDEN, CAMBS. (6 bells, Tenor 13-2-11 in F)
Correcting a clapper problem

 

The removal of the cast-in crown staple some years ago left an uneven surface for the clapper staple to seat upon, resulting in it frequently becoming loose.  We were asked to look at the problem.  We cast a level internal resin pad in-situ and then fitted a new adjustable staple unit.  The staple unit now stays tight and has been accurately set up for even striking.

HEYTESBURY, WILTS. (6 bells, Tenor 19-2-6 in Eb)
Two bells rehung

 

Some of the canons of the C15th tenor bell had cracked due to stresses placed on them by an early design of riveted steel canon-retaining headstock.  The treble was found to be porous where struck by a clock hammer.  Both bells were turned and rehung on modern-design canon-retaining headstocks.  The clappers were rebushed and the pulley units replaced on all six bells.

CROMER, NORFOLK. (8 bells, Tenor 12-1-7 in G)
A ring of six rehung and augmented to eight

 

The bells have had their cast-in crown staples removed and all but the mediaeval 5th have been re-tuned. They have been rehung on new fittings. Two pits were added to the existing frame and two bells added to augment the ring to eight.

EAST OGWELL, DEVON. (6 bells, Tenor 6-0-10 in B)
Altered layout, rehang and new tenor bell

 

The bells have been rehung on part new fittings, the leading dimensions also being adjusted. Some of the bells have been relocated to different pits to create a better rope circle. The tenor has been replaced with a new bell and the old tenor has been rehung for stationary chiming

PRESTON IN HOLDERNESS, E. YORKS. (3 bells)
Electronically controlled chiming

 

The three bells have been rehung on timber deadstocks with internal electro-magnetic hammers and a programmable electronic control unit.

COVINGTON, CAMBS. (4 bells, Tenor 7-1-20 in Bb)
Rehung in a new bell frame and augmented to four

 

The bells have been augmented to four by adding a tenor to this minor-key three. They have been hung on new fittings in a new cast iron bell frame below the existing ancient frame.

ROOS, E. YORKS. (8 bells, Tenor 12-3-11 in F)
Augmentation to Eight

 

We augmented this ring of five to six in 2011 by adding an additional upper bell frame.  We have now further extended the upper frame and added two trebles to augment the ring to eight.

HARPENDEN, HERTS. (St. George's Shcool) (1 bell)
A bell returned to use with electronic control

 

The chapel bell was rescused from a precarious position on the roof and subsequently rehung for stationary electronically controlled chiming on an exterior wall for improved audibility.

ALBURY, OXON. (2 bells)
Overhaul of two bells

 

The chiming ropes and pulleys have been replaced and the installation has received general maintenance work.