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Our Bells Are Back!
Welcome to the website of the bells of St Andrew, Presteigne. Here you can find information about the bells and our current project to rehang the bells.
The bells of St Andrew’s church have been calling people to services for almost 300 years. In 2014 we began fundraising so that we could give the bells some much needed once-a-century maintenance. By July 2015 we had raised all the money we needed and work began in late October 2015. Whites of Appleton removed the bells (with a considerable amount of local volunteer help) and transported them to Oxfordshire. They were retuned at the Whitechapel foundry in East London and Whites have made new headstocks and other fittings. They arrived back in Presteigne on the 8th April 2016.
In their absense the cast iron frame has been cleaned and painted, bird netting has been installed, and we have some experimental sound control in place in consideration of our neighbours.
Stay a while and browse this website to learn about the history of the bells, the work that is being carried out and the progress to date.