ECCLESFIELD - Church of St. Mary

Our recent installation for St. Mary's church at Ecclesfield in South Yorkshire augmented an existing ring of eight to ten. We cast two new trebles, recast the two old trebles to become the third and fourth bells in the new ten, and retuned every bell save the ninth.

Some augmentations are relatively straightforward and consist of adding bells alongside an existing ring and some moving of bells. Others, such as this one, involved removing the outer framesides of two existing pits and - at ninety degrees to the axis of those pits - constructing two new pits in each, to take both two new trebles and the bells being relocated to make room for them. Since the steelwork for these new pits is first assembled at our works without the pre-existing in-situ steelwork and framesides to attach to, precise measurements have to be taken beforehand to ensure these will fit properly with the existing bellframe.

The bells were hoisted and new sections of bellframe were installed by Whitechapel bellhanger Neil Thomas (who also took these photos), aided by local labour.

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