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Last updated 23rd January 2023

Advice for Bells, Clocks and Organs

Advice and guidance for those caring for bells, clocks and organs.

 

DAC Advisers

The DAC bell, clock and organ advisers are always willing to offer help and advice. In some cases they will visit your church to inspect the bell, clock or organ and offer a report which sets out advice and next steps. To request advice from the bell, clock or organ advisers please contact the Senior Church Buildings Officer, Jen Read, on 07899 348952 or jen.read@blackburn.anglican.org, who will pass your request to the relevant adviser.

 

Permissions for works to bells, clocks and organs

Most repair and maintenance works for bells, clocks and organs either need List A permission (no permission required) or List B permission from the archdeacon. Please see here for the List A and B works. The relevent sections are A2, A3, A4 & B2, B3, B4.

The removal or replacement of bells (including lifting the bells) or any works that afffect the sounding/toning; any work with involves removing parts of a clock to a workshop or installing an auto-winding system; and the permanent removal or replacement of a pipe organ will require a full faculty.

 

Guidance 

Bells

  • The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has guidance for bells here.
  • The Church Buildings Council has guidance for bells here.
  • The Lancashire Association of Change Ringers website contains news and advice: lacr.uk.

Clocks

  • The Church Buildings Council has guidance for clocks here.
  • The Clock Advisers Forum has an information page for parishes: clocksadvisersforum.uk
  • The Turret Clock Keepers Handbook by Chris McKay can be downloaded as a pdf online or bought in hard copy at book sellers. It gives basic information on turret clocks. 
  • Chris McKay has also written a more comprehensive book on turret clocks: The Maintenance, Repair, Restoration, Conservation and Preservation of TURRET CLOCKS. This can be purchased in hard copy from book sellers. 

Organs

  • The British Institute of Organ Studies has guidance for organs here.
  • The Church Buildings Council has guidance for organs here.

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