Bells and Bell Frames
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Bells and Bell Frames

Historic bells and the frames they hang in are an important part of our heritage and should be cared for appropriately.

The maintenance, conservation and restoration of bells will often involve specialist bell hangers and founders. Since bell frames are often built into the church fabric, work may involve structural engineers and your inspecting architect should be notified of any proposals that are not of a routine nature. Where the installation is of particular historic interest an assessment of its significance will be a necessary precursor to proposals for substantive works and will definitely assist you in works that require a faculty. You will find the Council's Code of Practice helpful in considering works to your bells.

If you are interested in the legal element of bell ringing and how to manage complaints about noise you will find the following guidance helpful:

Church Bells and the Law

To find out whether your church's bells and bell frames are of historical significance you can search the Database of Historically Significant Bells and Bell Frames.

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