BACKGROUND TO THE BELL RESTORATION
Details of the Bells
Details of the Bells
Pictures of the bells before refurbishment
Treble Bell 2
Bell 3 Bell 4
Bell 5 Bell 6
St Peter & St Paul’s Church was originally built in the 12th century and largely rebuilt 1838-39 due to a collapse - apart from the nave. It is a Grade 1 listed building.
Number of Bells: 8
Details of Bells:
Bell Weight Diameter Note Age
1 Treble 2cwt 3qrs 19lbs 23.00” in G sharp 1938
2 3cwt 1qrs 1lbs 24.00” in F 1938
3 3cwt 2qrs 4lbs 25.50” in E sharp 1938
4 4cwt 0qrs 21bs 27.00” in D sharp 1938
5 5cwt 0qrs 14lbs 29.50” in C sharp 2018
6 5wt 3qrs 1lbs 30.90” in B sharp 2018
7 8cwt 2qrs 1lbs 35.38” in A sharp 1671
8 Tenor 11cwt 2qrs 8lbs 39.50” in G sharp 1671
5 4cwt 2qrs 4lbs 29.50” in C sharp 15th century
6 6cwt 1qrs 2lbs 31.88” in B sharp 15th century
Last restored: 1938
Ringing Association/Guild: Guildford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
Purpose of the bell restoration project
The bells have not been overhauled since 1938 and were in need of attention. Bells 5 and 6 date from the 15th century and are probably amongst the oldest in Surrey, but are now somewhat out of tune and cannot be further tuned and need replacing.
The work involved replacing the 5th & 6th bells, which have become damaged, rehanging all eight bells, replacing or refurbishing bearings, clappers and pulleys; for bells 5 to 8 replacing the existing poorly designed headstocks; painting the bell-frame; and upgrading the ringing room. The old 5th bells has been hung in the ringing room for display and the old 6th bell has been hung in the bell chamber with a rope into the church for use as a service bell.
The benefits of restoring the 8 bells were:
Conservation and preservation of the historic bells in a historic church
Restoring the bells to harmonious ringing for the pleasure of the village
Ensuring the ancient tradition of bell ringing can be continued in the village for many years to come
Enhancing the bell ringing experience and safety for the ringers, helping to encourage new recruits.
Bell 7 Tenor