The Bells Of St. Mary's

A Taunton Community Project

Thursday, 01 September 2016

Casting Completed

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.

Memcar Cast4 

Tune1 Tune2

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

3rd Casting -- 4 more

On Thursday 4th August 4 more bells were cast (2nd, 4th, 5# & 9th); just 4 left for 25th August! On this occasion the coach party from Taunton were able to see the Tenor still sitting on the lathe after tuning. Foundry comment 'sounds beautifull' and one of the visitors 'We actually heard it when 'donged' with a clapper, what an amazing moment!!!'

 ten2  ten1


Thursday, 04 August 2016

Working while 'We Wait'

Most of the project work is now taking place at the Foundry, but the 'Team' is still busy at home. The electrician has almost completed rewiring and new LED lighting of the stairway while clearing and cleaning has been done from top to bottom.

 clean1 clean2

clean3 clean4

Friday, 22 July 2016

Casting of 4 more

Thursday 21st July was the day when the second batch of 4 bells (3rd, 6th, 8th & 11th) were cast. Another coach with many Taunton Branch members were able to watch the Branch (Annie's Ride, 11th) Bell being poured. The 6b from the previous cast can be seen at the back of photo 3, below.


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Casting begins

Thursday 23rd June was the beginning of the rebuild phase of our project. The first three bells; 6b, 9# and Tenor (Somerset Bell) were cast at Loughborough. A coach with ringers, vicar, members of St. Mary's congregation and the Mayor of Taunton Deane were given a conducted tour of the Museum and foundry works before the casting. The ringers then spent 45 mins. on the foundry bells. The other bells will be cast over the next two months.

     The Old Bells                                                   Group outside the Museum

Bells Group


£ 300,000
donation thermometer
donation thermometer
£ 263,024
donation thermometer

 mayor 2015Cllr Marcia Hill, Mayor of Taunton Deane and a Patron and supporter of the project, with Rosemary Tuhey, the project manager