The bells of St Paul’s are out of action for the first time since World War II. The twelve bells have hung in the Cathedral’s north west tower since 1878, and have rung to celebrate a variety of occasions, including royal births, coronations and jubilees.
Removing the bells for repair had been planned for January, but proved to be more difficult than expected. They were eventually removed in early June, by bringing them out through the front of the tower (using the structure still visible in the image above) and lowering them carefully to the ground.
The bells are now undergoing a major overhaul at Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough, where they were originally cast, and are expected back on duty for the 140th anniversary of their dedication on 1 November 2018.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 September 2018
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