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All Saints Banstead - Bell framework for ring of 8
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All Saints Banstead - Bell framework for ring of 8

Framework for the bells at All Saints Church Banstead.
Manufactured by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon.

A full description of each bell can be found in BHRG's publication The History of All Saints Church Banstead published in 2007.
Picture added on 17 November 2009 at 22:59
I would have climbed on this framework many times.

I think that the danger of the climb up the ladder to the tower was the attraction to me, it was certainly hard work doing the winding of the clock when I got to the top.

I had to start by climbing about 30 feet up the vertical ladder fixed to the wall in the bell ringing chamber. At the top, I had to hold on with one arm and pu sh the hinged trap door open.

If the bell directly above was not facing down, it was too dangerous to proceed further (this was most unlikely, but possible). Then I had to proceed through the door but get to one side around the bell, the bottom of which was about 3'0" above the trap door. Once on top of the bell frame I climbed wooden stairs to a small platform alongside the clock mechanism above the bells.

To see the clock and learn more about the mechanism, click on thumbnail.

Added by Dennis Skinner on 18 November 2009
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