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Bells and bell ringing at St Mary’s

Lowering the bell through the ceiling of the ringing chamber in 1985  Image by Jane Russell (nee Sherlock) released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
One of the bells at St Mary’s being lowered in 1985
Image by Jane Russell (nee Sherlock) released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

In the early 19th century a single bell rang at St Mary’s Church, North Mymms, calling the congregation to worship. 

Over the following 180 years more were added to the solitary Sanctus bell bringing the total to eight weighing two and a half tons. 

In 1985 the bells were lowered from the belfry so that repairs could be carried out to the supporting structure and the bells refurbished. 

You can read about the work carried out in the belfry and browse more than two dozen images of the restoration in our feature The restoration of the belfry at St Mary’s, North Mymms.

We also have a feature, including articles about the bells published in the parish magazine in 1950 and 1951.

A few months before the bells were lowered from the belfry, TJ Lock published an article about the bells of St Mary’s Church in the December 1984 issue of the Chancellor’s Community Newsletter, republished here with the permission of the publisher.

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