The bells at St Andrew’s were cast by Taylor’s during one of their halcyon days – in 1914.
They are a 15cwt ring of eight, hung on a standard Taylor’s low-sided cast iron frame with Hastings stays. The inscriptions on the middle six include facsimiles of those on the previous six bells, cast in 1780.
The bells are magnificent. It is a shame that the same cannot be said for the ringing chamber! This is (currently, at least) on the ground floor and, with a poorly-fitting West door combined with a ceiling some 30ft high make it impossible to heat adequately in winter. It is, however, pleasant on a balmy summer’s day to ring with the door wide open and welcoming to the many passers-by.
There are significant discussions about the future development of the whole church building. Till they are a good deal further advanced, thoughts of redecoration are somewhat premature.
We are one of the few (6 at the last count) towers to use a full set of Yorkshire tail-ends. These are like a short and thin extra sallie at the tail end, rather than the more usual looped-back rope. We are proud of our tail ends! We keep them for historical reasons despite the extra cost and the need for a large stock of boxes for different-shaped ringers but we find that they are no harder to ring with than standard tail ends! Do come and try them out!