Castle Bromwich

Published on April 14th, 2015 | by Bill Dargue


Good News for the Bell Project

Since the church bells were recast in 1952, our installation has never been satisfactory. While the bells are noted for their fine tone, the bellhangers reused the Victorian frame and the old fittings making for one of the most difficult rings in Birmingham.

In 2013 the ringers set up a project to have a purpose-made frame built with new fittings and to install two new bells making a full ring of eight. The plan aims to complete the work for the tercentenary of Sir John Bridgeman II’s bells of 1717. He lived all his life at Castle Bromwich Hall from 1667 to 1774.

IMG_8709The team has now raised half of the £100,000 cost. However, fund-raising is only one aspect of the project. Because our church is Grade I listed, permission is required to make any alterations to the the building. After receiving plans from three bell hanging companies, having an engineering and architectural survey and an inspection by an officer from English Heritage, it was agreed that the scheme could be forwarded to the Bishop’s advisory committee. They have now given their approval and it just remains for the Chancellor of the Diocese to sign the necessary documentation.

Jean Willis , the treasurer of the project was delighted with the news: ‘With lots of help from lots of people, we’ve come a long way in raising funds. Now, getting the official go-ahead has given the project team a real boost.’

Bells have been ringing at Castle Bromwich for over 500 years and the new installation will ensure that they continue to ring for many years to come.

For more information about the Bromwich Bell Restoration Project, go to

About the Author

Bill Dargue has been ringing the bells of St Mary & St Margaret's church in Castle Bromwich for over 30 years. He's one of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project trustees (Registered Charity 1155131) aiming to celebrate the tercentenary of the bell installation by setting the bells in good order for the next 300 years.

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