Ringing in changes at Ellesmere town church


Sarah Staples

CHURCH bells will ring out in perfect tune over Ellesmere again after the bell tower has stood empty for four months.
All eight bells are now re-fitted in the tower of St Mary’s Church after they were removed in November last year and will ring out on Easter morning.
They returned to the church on March 24 from Nicholson Engineering in Dorset, where they were re-fitted to produce a higher quality sound.
It is thought the bells hadn’t been removed since they were first fitted at the end of the 1700s.
The heaviest of the bells weighs in at 18 hundredweight (a measurement established in England in late Medieval times that equals around 900kg) and was lifted into place from the bottom of the church using specialist hoists
Peter Leigh, a bellringer at the church, said: “We had four separate hoists to lift them up and six or seven of us were working to put them back in place.
“As the first few went up I was wondering if everything was going to hold up but there wasn’t a problem.
“Now they have come back we hope they will sound much better. We took a recording of the bells before they went away and so we will see if they have improved,” he added.
This week bell clappers and new ropes will be fitted.
Mr Leigh added: “Once we get the tower sorted out we hope to hold some open days to the public around June time, as it’s good to have a nice day to get the view from the top.”
BACK IN PLACE: Right. The bells at St Mary’s Church in Ellesmere being re-fitted in the tower following restoration work. HD250314

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