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.
 

 

Hanslope, Bucks.

(8 bells, 18-3-19 in Eb) Tuning and rehanging on new fittings in a new frame

The front seven bells have been retuned (permission was not granted for tuning the tenor) and all eight have been rehung on new fittings in a new cast iron bell frame on a 10-bell galvanised steel grillage lower in the tower.

Wimbotsham, Norfolk

(3 bells, 7cwt. approx. in A) Bells retreived from fire-damaged tower.

Following a large fire which caused extensive damage to most of the church, including the tower, the bells were carefully removed in conjunction with a specialist abseiling company due to the precarious state or absence of the floors, frame, fittings and roof.  All three are badly cracked and have been examined in detail by Soundweld.  The future of a bell installation here is uncertain at present.

Woodhurst, Cambs.

(1 bell) Rehanging for chiming

The bell has had its cast-in crown staple removed and been rehung for swing-chiming on new traditional chiming fittings.

Elkstone, Glos.

(6 bells, 9-3-26 in G) Tuning and rehanging

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

Silchester, Hants.

(5 bells, 7-0-1 in Bb) Rehung on new fittings

The bells have been turned and rehung on new fittings in the existing bell frame.  The 2nd bell has been tuned.  Rope guides will also be installed.

Owslebury, Hants.

(6 bells, 8-2-12 in A) Cracked tenor bell repaired

​The tenor bell developed a crack in the soundbow.  This has been weld-repaired by Soundweld.  The bell has now been rehung on new fittings with other minor works being carried out to the other bells.

Odiham, Hants.

(6 bells, 12-1-11 in F) Overhaul and Frame Stengthening

Due to rot in some of the frame timbers, galvanised support steels have been installed under the frame and tie-rods fitted to reduce frame movement.  The clappers and pulley units have been overhauled and the defective resin pads replaced.  Rope guides have also been installed.

Nether Worton, Oxon.

(2 chiming bells) Rehanging with traditional fittings

The two bells have been rehung on traditional swing-chiming fittings, the larger bell also having been tuned.  A new seasoned oak beam has been installed as part of the restoration of the bell supports.  The old fittings are preserved in the tower.

Great Tew, Oxon.

(8 bells, 22-0-10 in D) Major overhaul

The fittings have been refurbished and the installation undergone maintenance work.

Letcombe Bassett, Oxon.

(3 bells, 4-1-7 in C) Rehung on new fittings

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

Amersham, Bucks.

(12 bells + Sharp 2nd, 19-0-6 in E) New 11th clapper

Following a breakage, the 11th clapper was replaced.

Sherston, Wilts

(6 bells, 8-1-12 in G) Clapper overhaul

The clappers have been rebushed and set up for even clappering.

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