Shroton Church Bells
On 16th February, a group of 20 of our bellringers and others from the village travelled up to Loughborough to watch our new tenor bell being cast.
John Taylor & Co, who are restoring our bells, have the only remaining bellfoundry in the country. It has been operating since 1859, and the feel of the foundry is similar to that which would have been the case then. It was a marvellous example of the modern application of ancient techniques, including the stirring of a pot of molten metal at 1200 degrees centigrade with a stick of willow, and the moulding of the cast using clay mixed with horse droppings!
They showed us in some detail the way in which bells are tuned, assembled on the bellframe, and how they operate. Our bell will have on it a tribute to John Houghton and George Dennis, our longstanding village tower captains, and also the inscription “MY LOVE RINGS OUT TO CALL YOU HOME”
We expect the bells to be rehung mid summer. Watch this space!