[Bell Historians] Oldbury, West Midlands (was Monkton, Devon)

David Cawley dcawley at w...
Wed Jan 19 00:54:54 GMT 2005

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At the risk of repeating what may have been on site before:

The very large former nave has been converted to offices.

The chancel remains the Parish Church of Oldbury.

The tower has been cleared of all wooden floors below the bells and cocrete=
stairs, landings and a solid concrete floor (with access hatch) placed ben=
eath the bells.

The Warner eight, put on ball bearings by Mears between the wars remains ha=
nging in a two tier frame, 4 above 4. They are only a few feet above the co=
ncrete floor. The fittings are intact but elderly. There is an Ellacombe an=
d the usual clock hammers. None of these are operational. The bells and the=
ir equipment remain the property of the church and are subject to Faculty J=

I understand that the St Martin's Guild keeps an eye on the situation.

----- Original Message -----=20
From: David Bryant=20
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com=20
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Oldbury, West Midlands (was Monkton, Devon=

Does anyone know the fate of the bells of Christ Church, Oldbury West=20
Midlands (10.5 cwt)? The church is still in use (as a church), but the=20
tower is let out to various companies as offices. As far as I know the=20
bells are still in the tower, but a concrete floor has been installed=20
directly beneath them. It is very unlikely that they will ever be rung=20
again (at least in that tower).

I heard a rumour that the St Martin's Guild had looked into recovering=20

Haven't we discussed this before? If I remember rightly, somebody told us=
that due to the concrete floor it would not be possible to ring the bells,=
and equally it would not be possible to get them out.

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