Iconic Bell Tower Restored
Beccles Bell Tower is an impressive freestanding Grade I listed edifice associated with the adjacent St. Michael's Church in the market town of Beccles in Suffolk. The tower is sited on a high scarp over looking the river Waveney and has been at the centre of the life of the town since its foundation in 1515.
The bell tower rises an additional 97 feet (29.6 m) and is thirty feet square (9m) at its base. It dominates the town as well as the surrounding countryside, much of which is comprised by The Broads National Park. The Tower is still used today for seasonal tours to view the historic bells.
USL were pleased to be awarded the contract to carry out vital restoration works and repairs to the bell tower for Waveney District Council. The conservation programme included repairs to the stone masonry, lead-work, roofing repairs, joinery, safety alterations to the railings and general works.
“It was beautiful. They have done a great job. It’s difficult to examine the stonework on the outside on the way up, but it looks to have been done very well."