Sneinton St Alban


Bell turret

St Alban’s originally had two bells. One is still in use; it is set in a low stone turret that rises from the south wall. It is small, being only 10 inches in diameter and weighing about 5 cwt. There is no inscription or text on the bell but Dawson attributes it to a local brass founder of the nineteenth century. It is hung for swing chiming from a wooden headstock and plain bearings.

The second bell was sited in an open tower, over the north-west corner of the building, its crude shelter being four substantial timber uprights with a low pitched slated roof  leaving all the sides open. At some point the bell and its housing were removed and it was thought that the bell had been transferred elsewhere. However a recent conversation with a church official in the Ukrainian Church confirmed that the bell is safely stored in the church. Sited within the north-west corner of the church is a stone staircase set behind an arcaded wall that gave access to the above bell housing. It is not recorded why the bell and its housing were dismantled.