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Cornish mover helps restore ancient church bells

May 18, 2019
Cornish-based Cyril Worth & Son Removals had an unusual request recently when they were approached by the Calstock bell ringers of St Andrews Church to transport their historic church bells to Loughborough in Leicestershire for restoration.

Church Bells ready for their journeyThe fourth-generation family-run business is based in Calstock and the bells can be heard from the company’s offices and yard.

Managing Director, Andrew Worth, worked with the bell ringers to organise the move and ensure the smooth and safe transport of the bells, which were made by the Pennington family in Stoke Climsland, seven miles from the church in 1773.        

Andrew travelled the 250 miles to John Taylor & Company’s bell foundry in Loughborough with the six bells as a charitable donation to support the restoration project and return them to their former glory.

Once the bells are restored, Andrew will return them to their home at St Andrews Church where they will once again ring out over the picturesque Cornish town.

Andrew Worth with the church bellsThe name, Cyril Worth & Son, will be recorded for posterity on the headstocks of the bells in recognition of the company’s contribution to their restoration.

Pictures: (top) The bells ready for their 250-mile journey; (bottom) Andrew Worth with the bells.

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