UK Registered Charity Number: 1154107
Conservation by Re-use
Helping churches acquire surplus and/or redundant bells to be hung for
English-style full-circle bell-ringing.
The Royal Opera House
One of the most unusual enquiries the Trust has had for bells was from the Royal Opera House. They needed two bells quickly and of specific notes for an opera production in Vienna. By chance their requirements could be met by the old 2nd and tenor bells at Tollard Royal. A site visit was organised to the church, where the bells still hung and a deal was struck. The bells were removed, slightly re-tuned and shipped to Vienna within a few weeks of the initial enquiry.
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire,
St Peter ad Vincula
Until 1999 the church possessed a ring of five bells hung anti-clockwise in a two-tier timber frame. The poor condition of the installation being such that the bells had been unringable for many years. The old 3rd was a medieval C14 bell from the Salisbury foundry. It has been retained as a service bell; also retained is the tonally poor W. Tosier bell, currently situated on the floor of the church. With financial assistance from the Ringing in the Millennium scheme, a new ring of six bells was installed and dedicated on 5th December 1999. The weight of the tenor is now 7-0-14 and its note is Bb.
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