Work pro­gress­ing well on re­vamp of Car­il­lon Tower

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

WORK is pro­gress­ing well on a £280,000 con­ser­va­tion project on the Lough­bor­ough Car­il­lon Tower - as th­ese pic­tures show.

Pho­to­graphs sup­plied to the Echo by Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil show progress on the works, which are due to be completed by the au­tumn in time for the Novem­ber 11 Re­mem­brance Day Com­mem­o­ra­tions which this year mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

A spokesman for the bor­ough coun­cil said: “Christo­pher Beard­s­ley, a trainee bell hanger from John Taylor’s Bell Foundry has been in to start dis­man­tling the clavier; we’ve had elec­tri­cians hang­ing around (quite lit­er­ally) to do some ini­tial work and the stonework has also started to be cleaned.”

The Car­il­lon Tower in Queen’s Park, Lough­bor­ough, was built af­ter the First World War as a me­mo­rial to the lo­cal men who gave their lives while serv­ing their coun­try.

Con­struc­tion ended in 1923 and the 46-me­tre high tower was of­fi­cially opened on July 22, 1923. The tower houses 47 bells, crafted by John Taylor Bell Foundry in Lough­bor­ough and it is a grade two listed build­ing.

Renowned English com­poser Ed­ward El­gar com­posed a piece of mu­sic called Car­il­lon Chimes specif­i­cally for the of­fi­cial open­ing.

The tower is also home to the Lough­bor­ough Car­il­lon Tower and War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.

The con­ser­va­tion project is be­ing car­ried out this year by the bor­ough coun­cil, sup­ported by War Memo­ri­als Trust. While it is car­ried out, the mu­seum, which nor­mally opens be­tween Easter and Septem­ber, will be closed and there will not be any car­il­lon recitals un­til the work is completed.

The work will see the clavier which chimes the bells fully con­served with the striking el­e­ments of each bell re­fur­bished by the foundry and there will also be some main­te­nance to the work­ings of the bells them­selves. Re­pairs will be car­ried out on the stonework, cop­per roof, bronze me­mo­rial plaques, win­dows and doors. Scaf­fold­ing will sur­round the tower while the work is un­der­taken.

Re­fur­bish­ment work tak­ing place on the Lough­bor­ough Car­il­lon Tower.

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