Gransden Church Bells
& Training Centre
Church Bells of Great Gransden
The Ringing Room
The Clock Room
Danger - the bells are up !
Old Belfry and Top of the Tower
Little Gransden Church Bells
The Old Belfry and the Top of the Tower
It is another 25 steps to the old belfry and the stapes become slightly steeper than lower in the toer. It is not possible visit this part of the tower on open days because access is difficult and presents particular hazards, but one to one visits can be arranged. On reaching the top of the spiral staircase the date of the original bell frame,1658, is clearly visible. On removing the locked shutter door access is gained by climbing on to the bell frame which is now boarded to allow inspection and maintenance in the tower. The 5th bell was originally hung in the pit immediately inside.
The original No 3 bell is still in situ and is still used as a service bell. When the bells were rehung in 2000 it was considered that it would not tune up very well so the ringers offered to pay for a replacement, which was agreed by the PCC.
Click here to see a
plan of the old belfry
as it is today showing the timber boarding over the old bell frame and the access hatches. The layout of the bell pits can be seen in
. For a detailed report on the old bell frame click
. This report was written by Chris pickford in 1994 when he visited at our request and on behalf of the Historic Bellframes Rescue Recording project. It is included here with his permission.
Views from this room are pretty good but the visitor has to squint through the louvres and a full panoramic view cannot be had. However, a climb up a near vertical ladder through a trap door onto the roof affords the best views.
Top of the spiral staircase before entry into the old belfry
Entrance is by a locked door and a climb through a small entrance onto the old bell frame dated 1658
The first view as one enters the old belfry with
Old No 3 still in situ
The tower roof
Bells in old bell frame 1994
Photo taken from the trap door in the tower roof
Newly boarded timber bell frame
with the 3rd still in
and used as a service bell
Old No 3 bell
Views from the Top of the Tower
Looking west down onto the former vicarage house
Looking south towards Little Gransden
Looking north over Old Dixies in Church Street
General views from the top of the tower
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Access to the top of the tower is prohibitted to the general public
To the north west
To the north
To the east
To the south
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