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Did you know? : For 300 years, the Tenor bell was thought to be much heavier than it really was. It was listed as 19cwt, but when weighed in 2004 was just over 16cwt.


Tower roof

The stairs lead directly to the roof, which provides a popular viewpoint when we have tower open days. The roof is leaded - flat round the edges, with a shallow slope leading to a small central platform that provides the anchor points for the flag pole.

The clock bell is on the west side, just behind the parapet. This is unusual for a tower with bells, where the clock would normally strike on the Tenor (biggest) bell. This clock bell is far smaller than the Tenor, with a rather harsh sound. It has no founders marks.

Prior to the work on the tower exterior stonework in 2005, there were test patches (in various colours) of render material on the inside of the parapet walls. They are still present, as a historical record, now that the whole walls are rendered with the final colour. (The pictures below show a mixture of the roof before and after restoration.)

The most recent addition to the roof is the external half of the air conditioning unity that cools the ringing room in summer (and warms it in winter). It sits behind the parapet next to the clock bell, where no one needs to walk past it, and where it is not visible from outside, Cables and pipes to the unit are fed through a special duct with a cowl to prevent any rain getting into the tower.

Pictures

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View from the stairs
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Looking back at the entrance
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Creneliations round the roof
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Central platform
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Clock bell
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Clock bell wreathed in snow
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Test patches (before final rendering)
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Lichen (and snow) on stonework
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Air conditioning unit behind the clock bell (note cable duct)
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Close up of the cable duct
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The base of the flag pole (with Rose Street visible through the gap)

Views from the tower

There are fine views over the town and surrounding country. The map below shows the direction of general views and items of interest, from the tower (the circle in the corner is the stair turret). Click on each feature to see the picture, or see them below.

 Key to views St Paul's Spire View North West View North View North East Police Station Church Cottages Cornerstone Churchyard View West View East London Road The Ship South West Town Hall Tudor Corner Rose Street


View pictures

Click each to enlarge and move between pictures using the arrows.

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South West
2West.jpg
West
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North West
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North West 2
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North
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North hills
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North East
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East
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East to Bracknell
SouthGate.jpg
Churchyard and south gate
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The Ship
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Rose Street
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Rose Street 2
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Tudor Corner
93TownHall.jpg
Town Hall
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Police Station
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St Paul's church Spire
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Church Cottages
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Cornerstone
98Churchyard.jpg
Churchyard
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London Road
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Churchyard in snow
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Gathering space in snow
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Yew splayed open by snow

For pictures of snow damage to the Cedar tree in 2010, see here .


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