Following restoration work and the installation of a new bellframe lower down in the tower - all work carried out by Whitechapel - the bells of St. Lawrence, Ipswich now ring out over the town again for the first time in almost a quarter of a century.

The oldest ring of five in the country, the bells were known locally as 'Wolsey's Bells' since Henry VIII's advisor Cardinal Wolsey grew up in the area and would have heard them as a boy. Whitechapel Bell Foundry were able to fire-weld new tops on the ancient clappers, an option that only we among British bellfounders can offer, so that they could continue in use with the bells. So since the bells were only cleaned with no new tuning undertaken, and the original clappers remain, the bells will sound the same now as Wolsey would have heard them all those centuries ago.

A BBC news report on the bells, complete with video clip, can be found at:

BBC News Report

News Archive:
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April 2007:
July 2006:
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September 2005:
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May 2001:
February 2001:
December 1999:
Royal Visit
Three Recent Installations (Stanion, Londal Castle, Harefield)
The 2008 Ringing Roadshow
Big Ben - the 150th Anniversary
Quebec: Holy Trinity
Government Seeks Whitechapel Help
New Cathedral Ring for Alabama
WBF Wins Best Family Business Award
Whitechapel and A Passion for Churches
Report on 2005 Ringing Roadshow
Three Decades of Charlie Smith
Ringing at the Royal Northern
100 Years of the Hughes Family at WBF
Lord Mayor Opens WBF Shop Extension
Report on Ringing Roadshow, 2003
Ringing Roadshow, 2003
New York: The 9-11 Bell Dedication
The 1881 Libel Case
Casting the 9-11 Bell
Another Liberty Bell
A Big Wheel
Open Day 2001 (with photos)
Historic Finds at the Foundry
Open Day 2000 (with photos)
Masham and the Millennium

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