Welcome to the website of the bells of St Andrew, Presteigne. Here you can find information about the bells and our recent project to rehang the bells.
The bells of St Andrew’s church have been calling people to services for over 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 (which at the time was in East London) and Whites made new headstocks and other fittings. Canons were removed and crown staples drilled out to reduce the risk of the bells cracking. They arrived back in Presteigne on the 8th April 2016.
In their absense the cast iron frame was cleaned and painted, bird netting was installed, and a sound control system is now in place in consideration of our neighbours.
Stay a while and browse this website to learn about the history of the bells and the work that was carried out on them.
New Year's Eve 2017
31st December 2017: As usual we rang the Old Year out before ringing in the New Year at midnight. It was quite hard to concentrate with all the fireworks going off and the sound of a squeezebox and dancing in the streets!
Remembering George Vaughan
12th December 2017: A quarter peal was rung to remember George Vaughan. George was tragically killed in the tower whilst working on the bells in 1892. You can read all about it in "Death in the Tower" on this website. It had been hoped that living relatives of George would be here for the 125th anniversary but heavy snow made that impossible! Click on the link for more details.
300 Years and Counting!
7th December 2017: A peal of St Andrew Triples was rung on the bells to celebrate the Tercentenary of the casting of bells 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 by Abraham Rudhall in 1717. Click on this link to see the details of the peal.
St Andrew's Day
The bells were rung for the Patronal service on November 30th. The band rang a method called St Andrew Triples - what else! Click on the link to see more details.
First Quarter Pealer!
15th November 2017: Our youngest ringer, Stephanie Seidman, rang her very first quarter peal! I'm sure this will be the first of many... Details here.