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Monday, 6 June 2016

Epeigné-les-Bois: for whom the bell tolls ....

 The bell ready to be hoisted up 

 Epeigné's Maire Christian Percevault manoeuvres
the bell into place so that it can be raised 
up to the roof of the church 

 Almost up...

Today an important part of Epeigné's patrimoine returned to the village. The church bell, that had been sent to Germany to be repaired and renovated, returned and was hoisted up to the top of the church, so that it can be reinstalled. Although the bell only dates from the 19th century, its striking – twice on the hour – is a feature of the village.   

 Some of the inscriptions and markings on the bell


Ancient (left) and modern (right) batons 
– for striking the bell
(above and below)

 The bell starts its journey upwards

 On its way .....

 Nearing the top 

 Now up at roof level and time to manoeuvre
 the bell ready to install
Work on the first section of the roof is now nearly complete

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