OVINGHAM - Church of St. Mary the Virgin
At the end of January, with the help of local labour, Neil Thomas (who also took these photos)
and Mark Walland of WBF hoisted and installed the new ring of eight bells at St. Mary the
Virgin's church at Ovingham in Northumberland.
With a tenor of only 28 ¾" in diameter this was a small enough ring that it could
be fitted directly onto a steelwork grillage without the need for framesides. This
grillage was designed by WBF but fabricated locally.
As shown in the photo below, the design also had to allow for ropes from above
to pass through the centres of some of the stringers.
This design necessitated the pulley boxes being floor-mounted and meant that
the sliders and runner boards had to be secured to posts fixed to the underside
of the grillage.
When the installation was complete the local ringers were eager to ring them
and were pleased by the result.