Hi all, I'm new to the discussion and here looking for info/advice on what to do with our bell. I am a member of Livingston United Methodist Church in Livingston, AL. We are in our third sanctuary, current one about 100 years + or-. However, our bell is from the beginning and has been removed from our belfry today. A couple of years ago our preacher was watching "Dirty Jobs" on The Discovery Channel and the host, Mike Rowe, went out on a job with a man that was inspecting/cleaning bells. In our Board of Trustees meeting the preacher asked if anybody has taken a look at our bell and come to find out nobody has been in the belfry in years. So, we decided to call on the same company and to our dismay he told us not to ring it anymore due to it being very dangerous. I went up and inspected it myself and found that to be very true. The yolk had deteriorated significantly and was just barely hanging on by the brackets holding the wooden yolk together. So, we put some big timbers underneath it to hold it tight against the foor of the belfry and decided we would take it down when we could decide on doing something with it outside our church.
Well, today we lowered it out of the belfry without a hitch. It was about a 40' lowering job done with chain hoists and come-alongs, but it all worked as planned. The only bad thing was that we had to cut the wheel in two to get it out and down. We will have somebody fix that. I know it won't be totally original, but it was un-avoidable.
The bell is a Holbrook Bell. Cast in the bell is, " G H HOLBROOK EAST MEDWAY, MASS 1839 . Any info on the bell and advice on what to do with it on the ground would be great!