St James Church bell tower – Tong, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 46.247 W 001° 40.140
30U E 587722 N 5958841
Quick Description: A bell tower on a grade I listed church that dates back to 1727, but contains parts of a Norman church of 1140.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 3:45:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMBQRX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 2

Long Description:
The bell tower contains 6 bells. Five of them were cast in 1730 by Edward Sellers II of York. The sixth bell was added in 1841, cast by Thomas Mears II of London. This bell was originally intended for Otley parish church but was too light.

The bells have not been rung since 1960, but the church has managed to raise enough funds to repair the bells. The wheels and fittings need to be replaced completely. The bells will be cleaned and tuned, the frame repaired, and extra support fitted in the tower.

St James’s Church received a £45,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project in May 2011 after managing to raise a further £17,100 with their own fund raising.

A team of bell ringers are already being trained by the Yorkshire Association Of Change Ringers in readiness for the completion of the repairs.
Address of Tower:
St. James Church
Tong Lane, Tong
Bradford, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

Still Operational: no

Number of bells in tower?: 6

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

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Tours or visits allowed in tower?: No

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