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After some time of repairing and restoring old and ancient stonework, I was given the invitation to remake and replace a pair of mediaeval bell-stocks, which were deemed unsafe after hundreds of years of faithful service.  These stocks had swung a pair of small bronze bells well before even some of the better known musical instruments had been invented, let alone heard.  Without the constant noise we are subjected to in our times they must have seemed deafening for miles around.

Their replacement had to be made out of an old oak beam that was being removed from inside the same church.  The beam had been put in as an earlier repair by William Morris and his craftsman, and the idea was that the new stocks and arms for the bells should be found out of this beam, leaving the hand carved date as a reminder of it's useful past.  This was a great challenge, as an old beam that has dried in such a