The eight bells in All Saints Church, Writtle have been ringing out for
almost two centuries. They were installed in 1811 when the tower was rebuilt
following the collapse of the original tower in 1800. Due to their age, and
wear and tear on the 200-year-old wooden bellframe the bells are becoming
increasingly difficult to ring and to teach people to ring, particularly
young people, who are needed to ensure the continuity of this unique
English art. The existing arrangement of the sound louvres prevents the
bells being heard clearly and enjoyed from the Green.
To replace the old frame with a new metal one. To install some new louvres
on the tower roof and a sound control system. The Benefits
The rigidity of a metal frame will make controlling the bells much easier.
Furthermore, the new frame will enable us to install 12 new bells with a
tenor (the largest) weighing about 30cwt (1,500kg).
This combination will accommodate a wide range of ringing skills, it will
make learning to ring much easier and it will produce a far richer
sound than the present bells.
A view of the existing bells
Fitting new louvres and a sound control
system will ensure that the
bells are heard clearly across the village and it will enable the bells to
be quietened for extra practice sessions and when peals are rung.
All these benefits combine to ensure that the sound of church bells
will ring out across the village for at least another two centuries.
The total cost of the project will be in the region of
£130,000. The cost of each bell, including installation, will vary
depending on size. The treble (smallest) will cost around £4,500, while the
tenor (largest) will cost about £25,000
Casting a new bell
A new set of bells and frame
Sponsors are being sort and a variety of fund-raising events
are to be held. Bells are an excellent way of providing a long lasting
memorial to a loved one, or commemorating a particular event by
individuals, groups or companies. Sponsors of bells will be able to
choose an inscription to be cast on the bell. We will be applying for grants
from several organisations
How can you help?
You may wish to sponsor a bell
or perhaps you know someone who would? A former resident of Writtle, for
example, or a commercial enterprise? Help will be needed with several DIY
tasks involved with the installation of the bells, ranging from
bell-frame assembly work to painting, or making cups of tea! Help could also
be given in transporting the bells between the foundry and the tower. If you think you can help please contact one of the
Phil Stephens (Tower Captain) 01245
Andrew Brewster (Deputy Tower Captain) 01245 420648
Rev. Michael Jones (Vicar) 01245 42182
or visit www.writtleringers.org.uk
Patrons: The Rt. Rev. John Perry -
Bishop of Chelmsford & The Lord Petre DL.