NEWS NEWS
OCTOBER 2008

THREE RECENT INSTALLATIONS

With the work we currently have, our fabricators and bellhangers are as busy as they have ever been. Here are three recently completed installations.

STANION, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

St. Peter, Stanion

At St. Peter's, Stanion, Northants, two new bells were cast and added to the the four original bells - two of which dated back to the sixteenth century - to increase the ring to six, and the original treble was tuned. These were then hung with all new fittings in a new steel frame. Space constraints meant the frame had to be a 'sawpit' configuration with gallows pit ends to make use of every last inch of room.

The bells

The height of the ceiling in the ringing area necessitated the installation of a rope guide to aid in rope-handling.

The rope guide


LØNDAL CASTLE, DENMARK

The largest number of tower bells the Foundry has supplied to a single project in some years was the new carillon for Løndal Castle in Denmark. Designed in conjunction with Mr. Timothy Hurd of Olympic Carillon International, this incorporates 18 bells at present with provision for expansion to 31 bells.

The carillon
Instrument fully assembled in tower.
Photo courtesy of Timothy Hurd

The bells were cast at the foundry over several months, with a full photographic record being kept of every stage for our client.

Casting the bells
Casting the bells

Making the
inscriptions
Placing an inscription on the base bell

The frame for the carillon and the structure it stands on were fabricated in the WBF frame shop. The bells were then mounted in it and fully fitted out and tested prior to be shipped off for re-assembly in Denmark.

The frame


HAREFIELD, MIDDLESEX

St. Paul, Harefield

St. Paul', Harefield, has a single 2'-0" diameter bell cast at this foundry in 1966. It was mounted on the roof in an unusual metal cage that had originally had a wooden cross mounted on top. This had rotted at the base and broken off while the cage itself was heavily corroded.

The bells

A replacement cage was fabricated to the same external dimensions at the foundry, and a new cross made from hollow steel section. This new assembly was successfully hoisted into position and bolted into place on the original studs.

The rope guide

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