Restoration of the Bells of St. Andrew's Parish Church Dent

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The six eighteenth-century bells  of  St. Andrew’s, Dent, a Grade 1 listed building, seem last to have been pealed to celebrate the Armistice of 1918. Further use was prevented by progressive weakening of the tower and decay of the bell frame and fittings. In 2008 a major restoration of the church and tower was begun, and has since been completed: English Heritage Lottery Fund made a grant of £138,000 towards this work. In 2009 the Parochial Church Council added to the restoration project a full overhaul of the organ and the return of the bells to full-circle change ringing,

Restoration of the bells and the building of a new bell frame was undertaken by the Whitechapel  Bell Foundry Ltd., the same firm which under its then name of William Mears cast the whole set in 1787. 

 Funding has been by gifts from well-wishers and by grants from:

The Sharpe Trust

The Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers

The Church Buildings Council

The Lancashire Association of Change Ringers

and, crucially,

 The Heritage Lottery Fund, the National body, has contributed £32,500, i.e. 46% of the total costs, and has thereby enabled us to include in the project a number of public-benefit features, such as the involvement of Dent Church of England Primary School, whose older children will be able to learn how to ring the bells.

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