Hatfield’s church bells restored
PUBLISHED: 06:25 27 March 2017
Hatfield’s oldest church, the partly medieval St Etheldreda’s, has renewed the sound of its bells in a restoration project.
The church’s ringing team removed the clappers from the six lightest of the bells, and sent them to a specialist restoration company in Oxfordshire.
Vivienne Neale, who is learning to ring at the church, said: “It was left to our intrepid band of bell-ringers to climb up into the top of the tower, clamber over the bells and start the process of removing them for repair.
“The clappers are very heavy, each weighing about 25 kilogrammes. The tower is a long way up ,especially when they need to be carried down to street level, but with some willing hands positioned on the steep spiral staircase, we managed to pass them down without mishap.”
Once the clappers were restored, at a cost of £600, they were reattached by the ringers - a delicate operation in the cramped bell tower.
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