After more than a decade of planning work is finally underway to restore our carillon tower and it is now completely scaffolded. The tower was built in 1904 to house the world’s first carillon ever to be harmonically tuned to equal temperament which Taylor’s had developed. Over the years more bells were added until it was complete as a four octave carillon of 47 bells, with a bass bell of 24 cwts. During times of hardship all the bells were sold off or used as bell metal and the tower was allowed to decay.
As part of the major restoration and development scheme which is now beginning, a similar sized carillon will be reinstated – but the tower has to be restored first!
Photo: At belfry level on the scaffolding. The roof, weather vane and lead flashing have all been renewed or repaired. New cast iron guttering is being fitted and the wooden structure for the carillon is being repaired and painted.