January 30th. It took just one day to remove both headstocks from the 5th and Tenor together with all six wheels for refurbishment at Taylor’s of Loughborough. Previously one set of louvres had been cut out from the east of the Tower to enable them to be lowered to the ground. The two headstocks were lowered direct from the ringing room to the church floor via the ‘viewing’ hatch.
March 12th. The headstocks, now fitted with sealed races, together with the wheels were back at Shenfield. The wheels having new flanges and wider soles. Refitting took tree days before all was pronounced satisfactory. The bells rang out again for the first time in peal for the Thursday Eucharist.
Whilst the headstocks were off the opportunity was taken to check the weight of the Tenor. The original Warner specification was for a tenor of 8cwt. For years the Tenor has been stated as 9cwt. The reality is the Tenor is 365kg. 7cwt.
Half of wheel being hoisted into Tower
Half of wheel going into window of Tower
Bell with Headstock fitted (holds bearings) being hoisted up in Tower then to be lowered into frame
Hoisting the Headstock into the Tower
Bell hung in frame
Bell assembled in frame and with wooden stay
Bell in frame with wheel and clapper fitted
Bell fully assembled with wheel, rope, clapper. Bell balanced in upside down position ready to ring.