The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Barbara Hocke: August 2016
Tattenhall residents will have noticed silence from our historic Church Tower this summer.
There has been major restoration of the bell frame during the last few weeks; the frame which supports the bells having been installed over 100 years ago.
Restoration work required that the clock be detached from its hammer to avoid damage and to protect the workers, whilst the ropes were also taken down so as not to paint them in the process!
Five bell ringers and a non bell ringer (who deserves a special honorary mention) perilously climbed and crawled over and under the tight framework to give it a thorough cleaning, a complete de-rusting and to apply three coats of heavy-duty marine paint!
After 160 working hours we can now celebrate with confidence that for the next 100 years the bell frame should be safe and 'sound' (sorry for the pun)!
Our images show:
* The Church Tower from the Churchyard where you will now notice a horizontal 'green bar' is now visible in the bell chamber above the clock (click on image to enlarge)
* Various images within the Church Tower which illustrate the extent of the restoration works
More details and images can be found at St. Alban's website http://www.tattenhallchurch.co.uk/
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