The original bells, frame and fittings of Old Saint Martin’s will be conserved by specialist church bell engineers and rehung stationary in their existing fittings with new clock hammers.
This will prevent further deterioration but also allow the sound of these bells to be heard for the first time in 100 years. The clock chimes will strike the Angelus and be used as service bells using a modern chiming apparatus supplied by the Cumbria Clock Company.
A new ring of ten bells, cast by Taylor’s of Loughborough will be hung in a new frame below the original bells in a new Intermediate Chamber.
The tower staircase will be made safe for access and a new lighting system will be installed to enable the bells to become an accessible archaeological exhibit.