Monday 21st Nov. saw the start of the next phase in the tower with the the return of lifting gear followed on Tues. by a lorry with steel and timber for the new ceiling in the ringing room and 11 of the new clappers. On Thursday two of the team travelled up to Loughborough to see the (almost) complete installation, while in Taunton a sign writer began some delicate work on the clapper stems.
After a week of drilling, hammering and chiselling; some 80 bags of rubble and several bags of dust from the Henry, we now have 14 holes ready for the base girders of the new frame. Progess of frame construction can be seen on Taylor's website.
Paul Mason has now marked the walls of the belfry for the new frame and the ringing room for its new ceiling. Making the holes for the I beams will begin next Monday 7th November with the first load of steel and frames due two weeks later on Monday 21st November.
We have confirmation that all 15 bells have now been tuned and that frame building has begun. The photo below is courtesy of Simon Adams of Taylors. More pictures and information can be found on Taylor's Work in Progress Page and scroll down to find St. Mary's Taunton.
On Thursday 25th Aug. another coach party visited Loughborough for the final casting of our new bells; Treble, 5th, 7th & 10th (Magdalene Bell, St. Mary's PCC). We were also able to see the Loughborough Memorial Carillon after arrangements were made for an early opening on this day. Some 120 ringers, families and friends from the Taunton area and another 35 from as far as London and Northumberland have now been part of the 'Taylor Foundry tour'. We would like to thank all who have made this unique experience so enjoyable and enlightening; coach drivers, Taylor's management team and workers, and our 'Tour' guides. On this occasion many of the bells in the tuning shop were those for St. Mary's cast on previous visits, some raw out of the mould and others fully tuned. Now we await their arrival and hanging.