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Historic bells return to Priory after vital work

Malvern Editorial 27th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE BELLS at Great Malvern Priory will soon be able to be ring again.

In February, eight bells were taken down for the first time in about 150 years, so they could be retuned and vital works could be carried out on the frame in the bell chamber.

Whitechapel, in London, were commissioned to undertake the work and were also asked to make two new bells.

In total the project is costing £260,000, which the church is still trying to raise funds for.

The bells arrived at the church last Thursday (August 20) and waiting to be re-installed.

The next phase of the work will involve a hoist which will pull the bells up 60 feet in the air to the ringing chamber. Once there, they will then be lifted another 15 foot to the bell chamber.

Peter Young, head verger at the church, said: “Our bell ringers have missed being able to ring the bells. It will be good to have them back, along with the clock which dates back to 1858, which is also being refurbished.”

The bells will be reinstalled next month and the clock will be put back in place some time in October or November.

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