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Did you know? : The earliest ringer at All Saints whose name we know was Thomas Houlton, in the early 1800s.

The Porch

Before ascending the tower, there are things of interest in the porch, including carved memorial stones on the floor, and a plaque high on the south wall recording the recasting of the service bell  in the bell chamber .

The massive west doors could once be barred by a wooden beam that fitted into pockets in the stonework at either side of the door. The holes are still there, and in one of them is the rotted end of a beam.

In the southwest corner of the porch, is the shaft for the clock weights. The broom cupboard that forms the bottom part is believed to have been part of the original shaft, but the portion above it was absent until the clock was restored to eight day working in 1994 .

Look up and you see the beams supporting the ringing room floor. The central square portion lifts out to form a trap door the bells to pass through.


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Floor: Edward Cotton
Floor: John Davis
Plaque: Service bell
Door bar
Weight shaft

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