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New bell installed for Rotherham Minster

The bell was cast by Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust (John Taylor & Co.), who have cast more than 25,000 bells for countries around the world.

The new bell will make a ring of 13 bells, which compares with most other churches that have around 5 or 6. The installation process took place earlier this morning, and was viewed by members of the public and The Minster Church of All Saints’ from a safe distance.

Revd Canon Phil Batchford is Vicar of Rotherham Minster and Priest in Charge of St Paul’s Masbrough:

“We are delighted to be able to install our new bell which has been cast for us by Taylor’s of Loughborough. This will make a true octave using the eight lightest bells in the tower. The last time any bells were added was in 1985 when two bells were added to make the existing peal of ten bells into a ring of twelve. It was a real privilege to learn about the craftsmanship involved in the making of bells when we visited the foundry on the day our bell was cast.”

Members from The Minster Church of All Saints’ ministry and bell ringing team visited the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust (John Taylor & Co.) in April to learn more about the process of casting, and to see first-hand the new addition to the building.