| The Maplestead
This portable ring of bells was made in 1997 by Matthew Higby,
of Chilcompton Somerset, with the assistance of Kate Walker and Bob Parker.
The 8 bells hang in pairs in wooden
frames, all mounted on top of a 4-legged fabricated steel
The fittings consist of fabricated steel
headstocks, counterbalanced clappers, wooden wheels and
miniature bellropes with terylene top ends just like many
church tower bell installations.
The bells were cast over-thick using
modified handbell moulds by
Having travelled widely in the UK with Matthew, they were used for several years by ringers near St. Benoit, Normandy, France and at Shalford in Essex.
They were at Great Maplestead from 2003 till 2010, Deeping St James near Peterborough in South Lincolnshire till 2013, and are now based at Welford in Northamptonshire.
|(see also the Portable Mini-Ring Directory)|
©A M Donaldson 2014