[Bell Historians] Silloth

Matthew Higby matthewhigby at aol.com
Mon Mar 23 18:27:08 GMT 2020

Ron, Adrian Dempster is still working.
He undertook several inspections (including a tower movement measurement) for us, just a few weeks ago.
I normally contact him direct, as opposed to through the office. Contact me if you need his contact details.
Best wishes,
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From: RON EAST via Bell-historians <bell-historians at lists.ringingworld.co.uk>
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Sent: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 5:17 pm
Subject: [Bell Historians] Silloth

HelloThank you for the replies from Chris, Ted and Mike. Simon Adams and I visited the tower several months ago and it was suggested that bells 7 and 5, which ring in opposite directions, should be rung to test the stability of the tower. But there were, and are, problems ... shrouding that had fallen off the wheels, finding a structural engineer with specialist knowledge of bell installations (now that Adrian Dempster is retired), a suspicious white boarded ceiling installed in 1973 in the ringing room and the accumulated pigeon muck of decades. However, the shrouding has been made, the white boarding has proved not be be asbestos when sent for testing and much of the pigeon muck has been removed (by a local helper). The vicar is keen to get something done with the bells but they are far too heavy for the tower. Sadly, the present situation will stop any further progress on this and on the restoration of the Arlecdon bells that would have started very soon. However, Brough is underway. The faculty was granted in the new year, lighting and power has been installed in the tower and the HLF grant application is being made.An inspection of the bells in Watermillock church a couple of weeks ago revealed a bell I had not seen before hanging in a tower in Cumbria ... a Mears hemispherical bell (diam 29¾ ins) of 1891. Photos attached.

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