Hempstead in Essex
Resting place of William Harvey and Sir Eliab Harvey and birthplace of Dick Turpin

The overhaul of Hempstead Church bells has been proceeding apace thanks to the amazing work of a wonderful group of villagers who have given generously of their time and skill. As you can see from the photographs, it is a pretty hostile environment to be working in – 50 years of dust and dirt, darkness, cramped conditions and with several tons of metal suspended immediately above your head. Since the photos were taken things have changed. The bell frame is now clean and smartly painted in silver and red. Whitechapel foundry has recast the clappers and overhauled the pulley boxes and their expert fitter will shortly be checking the reassembly and hopefully signing off the work as approved.
An enormous thank you to Steve Spencer, Nigel Smith, John Sladen, Alan Bywaters, Adam Thomas and Jim Rennie who have worked tirelessly on the frame and to Jeremy and Patrick Schroeter who have skilfully made replacement sliders and runner boards.