A £42,000 project to restore eight bells at St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn has moved a step nearer completion.
The ring of eight bells arrived back at the chapel on Wednesday and are expected to take two weeks to install once further work in the ringing chamber is finished.
The bells were unloaded into the chapel yard and lined along the path to the South Porch for public viewing on Wednesday lunchtime.
Adrian Parker, chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas Chapel, said: “It feels very scary that the grand opening of the chapel is only two weeks away.
“There is no end to do in cleaning up after a huge works contract like this.
“We are very delighted to get the balls back on time and quite so quickly.
“The bells are reckoned to be among the best two or three in the county. They are a great set of bells.”
The bells, installed by Taylor’s of Loughborough in 1869, were taken out of St Nicholas Chapel last summer.
Although they were in fine fettle, the fittings which allowed to swing and ring had seized.
Mr Parker added: “Before the work started the Friends asked how could we have all of the repairs done to the church if the bells are suddenly no longer ringable?
“That is what happened just two months before the contract was due to start with the bells being too dangerous for the bell ringers to use. That’s why they have been away.”
Since their removal, the bells have been stored by White’s of Appleton, Bell-hangers (Berkshire) until sufficient funds were raised for the firm to restore and re-hang them.
The Friends of St Nicholas Chapel raised £10,000, while donations were received from the Parish Trust, the Diocese of Norwich Bell-ringers and the Geoffrey Watling Trust.
In March, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Friends of St Nicholas Chapel a generous Grant of £24,000. This completed the amount required for the Bells and £6000 towards community projects.
The grand reopening of the chapel will take place on Friday, September 12, and the restored bells will be heard for the first time on Saturday, October 17.