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

RECENT PROJECTS

These are the projects we have completed recently.  For details of earlier projects, use the menu at the top of the page.
 
Our bellhangers remove the existing bells, remove cast-in crown staples etc. and tune them in our Works, also manufacturing the new frames and fittings themselves, and then return them to the tower.  This ensures a complete start-to-finish process by our small team, using the UK bell foundries for new and recast bells.
 

 

Ipsden, Oxon.

(2 chiming bells) Turret bells rehung

The two turret bells, dating from 1592 and 1801, have been rehung for swing-chiming on traditional fittings.

Steventon, Oxon

(6 bells, 11-2-7 in F) Major overhaul and rope guides

The clappers have been rebushed, the pulley units replaced, the wheels re-rimmed and all main ball races replaced.  Two corroded staple bolts were removed from their headstocks in our workshop.  A new circular rope guide has been installed to reduce the rope draught of this ground floor ring.

Caversham, Berks.

(8 bells, 7-3-13 in A) Major overhaul

The clappers have been rebushed, one also being replaced with a replacement wrought iron clapper, the pulleys overhauled or replaced and the bearings cleaned and regreased.  Alterations were made to the internal acoustics.

Lindfield, W. Sussex

(8 bells, 9-2-15 in G#) A new ring of eight

A new complete ring of eight was cast by the Westley Group and tuned at Appleton.  They have been hung with new fittings in a new cast iron bell frame.  Four of the "listed" bells from the former ring of eight were hung dead in a new upper cast iron and galvanised steel frame to be used as clock and service bells.

Swithland, Leics.

(6 bells, 11-0-7 in G) Six bells retuned and rehung

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

East Grinstead, W. Sussex (Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady & St. Peter)

(1 chiming bell) Overhaul and maintenance

The single Warner & Sons bell hangs in a large tower which was built with a ringing peal in mind.  The bell has been quarter-turned and the existing fittings refurbished.

Stanton St. John, Oxon.

(5 bells, 9cwt approx. in G#) Refurbishment of a ring of five

The five bells have been rehung on ball bearings and some of the other fittings replaced to a minimal specification.  Three of the cast-in crown staples were drilled out by hand in the tower and three of the timber headstocks replaced.  The existing wheels were restored.

Nately Scures, Hants

(2 chiming bells) Two swing-chiming bells restored

The two C17th bells have been rehung on new traditional swing-chiming fittings.

Calverton, Bucks

(8 bells, 9-3-8 in G#) Augmentation to 8 in a new frame

The existing back five bells have been retuned, the undersized treble replaced and two bells added to augment the ring to eight.  The three new bells were cast by the Westley Group.  All eight bells were hung with new fittings in a new cast iron frame underneath the ancient timber frame.  The old treble was tuned down by a semitone and is used as a service bell.  All nine bells are fitted with electromagnetic hammers.

Burghclere, Hants

(6 bells, 8cwt. approx. in Bb) Split headstock replaced

A large split developed through the entire depth of the timber headstock of the tenor bell.  This was replaced with a new replica hardwood headstock, reusing the other existing fittings.

Cranham, Glos.

(6 bells, 9-1-16 in Ab) Loose gudgeons replaced

Loose gudgeons were replaced in two of the Gillett & Johnston headstocks, the ball races of the main bearings also being replaced.

Rotherfield Peppard, Oxon.

(3 chiming bells) Overhaul and improvements

The remaining cast-in crown staples have been drilled out and the timber deadstocks with their supporting ironwork refurbished.  The chiming clappers have been replaced with new trigger-action chiming clappers and all ropes and pulleys replaced.

Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxon.

(6 bells, Tenor 7 1/2 cwt. approx. in A) Tenor rehung and frame strengthened.

The tenor bell was rehung on a new canon-retaining headstock and ball bearings, the work being carried out in-situ in the tower.  This included drilling out the cast-in crown staple by hand.  Two galvanised steel beams were installed under the bell frame to improve the stability of the foundation.  The bell frame was sand-blast cleaned and repainted.

Hutton Buscel, N. Yorks.

(3 Bells, Tenor 8-1-11 in A) Major maintenance works

New clapper/staple assemblies, pulley units and ropes were fitted.  The frame was strengthened, the bearings re-greased and the staying gear overhauled.

Much Hadham, Herts.

(8 Bells, Tenor 9-3-27 in G) Retuning and new fittings

Six of the bells were retuned, including the two mismatched trebles, to provide a better graded and more cohesive octave.  The bells were rehung on new fittings and improvements made to the ropeways.  Electromagnetic hammers were fitted to all eight bells, complete with a comprehensively programmed control unit and keyboard.

Marfleet, E. Yorks

(1 chiming bell) Electromagnetic hammer installed

The defective mechanical chiming hammer has been removed from the bell and replaced with an electromagnetic chiming hammer and electronic control unit.

Oxford (The Queen's College)

(2 chiming bells) Refurbishment and maintenance

These bells, rehung by us in the 1980s, have received an overhaul and maintenance work.

Kettering, Northants.

(12 bells + 1 semitone bell, Tenor 21-1-12 in Eb) New Sharp 2nd Bell

A Sharp 2nd bell has been cast by the Westley Group to match the Whitechapel ring of twelve which was installed in 2004.  This provides a light octave.  The new bell was hung with matching fittings in new upper framework.  The bell is dedicated to Kettering men who lost their lives in the First World War.

Landewednak, Cornwall

(6 bells, Tenor 8-1-19 in Bb) Major overhaul and maintenance

The corroded tie rods in the bell frame were replaced with new galvanised steel tie rods.  The cast iron headstocks were shot-blast cleaned and repainted, with new ball races fitted to the new bearings along with new galvanised bell support bolts.  The clappers were refurbished and the pulley units replaced.

Hardwick, Bucks

(6 bells, Tenor 12 cwt approx in G) Rope Guides

A set of rope guides has been installed to reduce the long rope draught.

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