After almost forty years, the bell from a demolished Pott Row church has returned to its home in the village after it was saved from auction by a parish councillor.
The church bell had been carefully stored ever since its removal from St Luke’s Church, which stood on the village green until the mid-1970s when it was demolished.
It had stood there since 1883 and left many of the villagers saddened by the loss of one of their treasured places of worship.
Now, thanks to a parisioner alerting borough and parish councillor Michael Pitcher to the bell being auctioned off through a website, the bell has been saved and returned to its home.
Mr Pitcher said: “I made enquires and found it was in the possession of David George, whose late father Sid was tasked with the demolition of the church.
“After being carefully stored since its removal, David was keen that the bell should return to its rightful place.
The parish council bought back the bell and it is now being taken care of by Mr Pitcher at his home in the village, with plans for it to eventually be placed on display at St Botolph’s Church, in Grimston.
Mr Pitcher added: “I think it would be lovely if the bell could be rung on St Luke’s Day, October 18, as a reminder of the important part the church played in the lives of the Pott Row community.
“The parish council would also welcome any photographs or other documentary information that may be used on a presentation board to accompany the bell.”
The former church had a distinctive architectural style, which stood out from the typical buildings in the village and can still be witnessed today in the nearby Clubroom.
Similar architecture and materials can be found at this building which was constrcuted at around the same time and originally contained a curates’ room, classroom and caretakers house.
Cllr Trevor Stebbings, chairman of the parish council, used to ring the bell before church services.
He said: “I am delighted the bell is returning to its rightful home.”
To find out more about the bell, or if you have information or pictures for a display, contact the parish council clerk on 01485 600875.