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Before Restoration

 The bells were hung from timber headstocks, strapped to them with metal bars and bolts. Some still had canons (metal loops on the top of the bell) but the canons had been (crudely) broken off the older bells. The timber moved and twisted with the weather, and there were a lot of bolts to keep tighten (typically 13 per bell). Some of the headstocks had cracks. The bearing seals had burst (because of the greasers that weren't needed) and grease was leaking from them onto the other fittings. The clappers had worn pits in the bells, and these were approaching the depth where they could increase the risk of cracking. The ropes did not run true, and had worn grooves in the wood at various places where they passed through.

Pictures

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1Second.jpg
Second
2Tenor.jpg
Tenor
3CanonsOff.jpg
Canons broken off
4Bolts.jpg
Bolts and cracks
5Gudgeon.jpg
Gudgeon
6Greaser.jpg
Greaser
7ClapperWear.jpg
Clapper wear
8WearPit.jpg
Wear pit in bell
90Pulleys.jpg
Pulleys
91RopeHole.jpg
Rope hole
92Frame.jpg
Frame
93BellsDownOld.jpg
Bells down
94BellsUpOld.jpg
Bells up

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