St. Paul’s Tower.
Originally there was no tower, merely a space between the chancel and the nave. We learn from records that the tower was built in two stages. The first stage consisting of the ground floor and first floor, with a doorway leading into the chancel gallery, was completed during the 8th. century, and acted as a porch leading to the eastern church. The second and third floor (belfry) were added in the late 11th. century, when the monastry was refounded by Prior Aldwin.
Tower – South Wall
Base of Tower and platform on floor 1
At ground level can be seen the original south door leading into the tower now blocked up.
Photographer John Ingham on platform at access to tower.
Church Verger Jim Guy and John Ingham at Tower access door.
First floor of tower.
Second floor showing bell rope and stairway to belfry.
Adjusting bell ropes.
Second floor showing blocked up west window.
Third floor (belfry)
The base of the flagpole comes through the tower roof and is secured at this level.
Third floor photo.2
Above the bellframe.
Above the bellframe photo.2
The tower bells of which there are two, are of Pre-Reformation date. They are believed to be as old as any used for religious purposes in England. The tenor bell is dated to the latter part of the 13th. century and bears no inscription. The treble bell bears the Gothic inscription “St. Paul pray for us”. This bell is dated to the mid 14th. century.
St. Paul’s church would like to thank Mr. John Ingham for taking and providing the above photographs.