Hopton church shows off its bells for a day

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A QUINTET of bells just under 400-years-old were the star attraction at an open day held at a church in Suffolk.

All Saints’ Church in Hopton opened its doors to the public last Saturday, an event held to mark the return of the bells to the church in June 2010.

The peal of eight bells on display ranged from 1626 to 2010, with three cast in 1630 alone.

The funding for the new bells was the result of a restoration project launched in 2003.

Six years later, the community had raised the project total of £77,000, allowing the restoration to occur.

The bell from 1626, founded by John Draper, weighs in excess of 1,000lbs, or 460 kilos, whereas one of the bells cast in 2010, founded by the renowned bellfounders John Taylor & Co, weighs approximately a quarter of that size.

Reverend David Messer, of the church, said: “It went very well, and we had quite a few visitors come through.”