The historic bells are back at St Michael’s in Lambourn

Lambourn Church has a ring of eight bells which are among the finest in West Berkshire, with the first mention of them being found in an inventory of 1552.
 
After much needed restoration (see below) the bells are now returned to St Michael’s. They will be on display in the church on Sunday 6 December. The church will open at 10am for a service at 10.30am in which the bells will be blessed. The church will then remain open for all to come and see the bells which will be on display – do share the news as this will be a once in a lifetime experience to actually see the bells at such close quarters! Social distancing measures will be in place as usual and the church will be closed at dusk – around 4.30.
 
The engineering involved in raising the bells and all the associated work is serious heavy engineering the church will be closed on Monday December 7th and will re-open on Friday 11th.
 
For more about the history of the bells please visit lambourn.org/the-bells-and-clock

Removal of the bells

Friday 18 June 2020 saw the removal of four of St Michael and All Angels 8 bells to be taken to Newmarket for welding restoration.
 
The bells were overhauled and rehung on ball bearings by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon in 1950 and again dismantled, renovated, tuned and rehung by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel, London, in 1968.
 
The bells have not rung for some time and it has been an ongoing feat to collect donations for this costly restoration.  They are greatly missed, and it will be wonderful to eventually have these four back in place with the four remaining bells.

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