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First bell ringing on Chideock’s St. Giles viewing gallery since Victorian times

June 12th, 2013

Bell Towers

The bells of the tower of St. Giles church in Chideock fell silent for a month and a half recently, while work was carried out to install a new floor and viewing gallery in the bell tower.

Once installed, the Chideock Bell Ringers were keen to ring the bells for not only the first time in six weeks, but the first time on a viewing gallery since Victorian times.

We see captain of the bells, Dave Symonds, make the final adjustments to the height of the ropes, then secure them to the wheels which swing the bells in the tower. He then joins in the historic first ringing.

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