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Three Bells

There are three bells in the tower at St Andrew's, pictured opposite, which date back to the 18th century and are housed in the original and substantial wooden frame.

The smallest bell was found to be broken in the mid-19th century. It was recast at the Whitechapel Bell foundry in London and new fittings were provided. The original date of this bell is not known.

The bells were re-hung in 1924 and full ringing gear was installed. The "wheels" were subsequently removed and the ropes connected to lever mechanisms enabling the bells to be swung just enough to be chimed.

In 1974 the tower was declared unsafe due to an infestation of Death Watch Beetle and the bells were not heard again until Christmas 1980, when the necessary repairs had been completed.

Today, the bells continue to be chimed for services and special occasions.

Bell Date Diameter Height Inscription
One 1855 28.75" 23" C&G Mears, founders London 1855
Two 1780 30" 25" Richard Wheeler, Churchwarden
Edwd Arnold, St. Neots, Fecit 1780
Three 1772 33" 27" Joseph Field and Edward Clark, Churchwardens
Joseph Eayre, Fecit 1772
Bell Rope in the Tower

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