ROMSEY ABBEY BELLS RESTORED.

THREE BELLS RECAST.

The restoration of the bells at Romsey Abbey has been completed by Messrs. Mears and Stainbank, and the work has been carried out in a most efficient manner. The third, fifth and seventh bells have been recast, and the remainder tuned. A great improvement has been effected, and the mellow tones that have always been associated with Romsey bells have been developed.

The work was made possible by the bequest of a local lady to Romsey Abbey.

The new bells were dedicated, and the peal reopened on December 23rd.

The Rector of Romsey held a short service in the tower, after which the bells were opened by the local band. Following this they were rung in various methods by ringers who were present from Bishopstoke, North Stoneham, King’s Somborne and Winchester. A very welcome visitor was Miss P. Holloway, of Reading. Mr. Alan Macdonald and Mr. J. Tyler represented the bell hangers.

The Ringing World No. 1139, January 20th, 1933, page 40

INTERESTING CLOCK CONTRACTS.

ROMSEY ABBEY’S TRADITIONAL CHIMES.

A large new clock is in course of construction at Messrs. John Smith and Sons, Clock Works, Derby, for Romsey Abbey, Hants. It will chime the “ding-dong” quarters on two bells of the ring of eight in the Abbey tower, and so maintain the traditional chimes which have been in vogue there for many years. The dial - 10ft. in diameter - comprises a massive cast iron frame with a copper sheeting background, and has been designed specially to be in keeping with the unusual tower.

The Ringing World No. 1181, November 10th, 1933, page 712