[Bell Historians] Oldbury, West Midlands

Richard Grimmett richard at g...
Wed Jan 19 12:07:26 GMT 2005

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Pass - I was out, in Africa, when this all happened.

I did arrange a grab there in 1981 (if my memory is correct). The
congregation were thrilled, and made us a big tea in the church. The
floor in the RC was rotton and bits gave way. We did all the usual
'being careful' bits. Only problem was that the hour hammer didn't get
pulled back far enough and we broke it. I went back a few days later
and repaired it by applying a splint (a hammer stave and a handful of
crocodile clips). Apparently it struck midnoght that night, and carried
on striking until the churchwarden ascended the tower in his pyjamas and
disengaged it.

I did hear that the vicar and PCC would not allow them to go, as part of
the building is still used for worship. the logic of it is of course
flawed. But whether in the circumstances any other body had much power
- i don't know.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Ketteringham [mailto:john.ketteringham27 at n...] 
Sent: 19 January 2005 10:42
To: Bellhistorians at Yahoogroups.Com
Subject: [Bell Historians] Oldbury, West Midlands

I cannot understand why a ring of eight bells was left in this tower
when they cannot be rung and are not required for any purpose for which
the building is now used. Can someone please explain.

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