Wanborough Bells Project 2018

Project Description
The magnificent ring of eight church bells at St Andrews Church, were in need of some much needed care and attention, and they received their first major overhaul since they were installed in 1949.  

The two oldest bells in the tower were cast in 1662 and 1730, and were hung on carved timber headstocks, which had become warped and twisted over the years, causing the bells to be odd struck and difficult to ring. They required new metal canon retaining headstocks.  The bells were lowered from the tower and taken to John Taylor & Co of Loughborough for this work to be done.

At the same time, the clappers of all the bells were also returned to John Taylor's where years of wear and tear were be corrected with a complete overhaul.   

Whilst the two old bells and clappers were at John Taylor’s, the metal frame was repainted.

Work started on 23 July 2018, and the Dedication Service took place on Sunday 18 November 2018.

Project Costs

The cost of this work was:

£27,000 approx.


For donations using online banking:
Account name: PCC Wanborough St Andrews 1 A/C
Sort Code: 30-98-41     Account number: 00316459

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with the date and amount of the donation
and be sure to reference the donations with your name and the word BELLS

 Gift Aid Donations can be made by cash or cheque
(made payable to Wanborough PCC)

Donate using Gift Aid, and the Bells Project
can claim back from HMRC 25p for every £1 donated.


The following organisations have awarded grants to the Bells Project for which we are grateful:


Barron Bell Trust

The Sharpe Trust 


      Wanborough 6th Bell with Wooden Headstock                                  Typical Metal Headstocks             
      Photo: Malcolm Barnes                                                                              Photo: John Taylor & Co


Photos of the bells being removed can be found at:
Link to Dropbox