Battery Point bell on display in town centre
By Prue_Reid | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 19:38
A BELL that used to hang in Portishead's Battery Point lighthouse is now in pride of place in the centre of the town.
The lighthouse at Battery Point, Portishead.
The bronze bell, which weighs two tonnes, was craned into place onto the grass central reservation at Wyndham Way, near the Cabstand junction on Monday.
The bell used to hang in the lighthouse and automatically sound to warn sailors of treacherous weather conditions.
It was put in the lighthouse when it was built in 1931 but removed 12 years ago because of concerns surrounding the structural strength of the lighthouse.
Local residents Carol Thomas and Annette Hennessy located the bell and brought it back to Portishead.
The pair got in touch with Bristol Port Company, which discovered the bell, which measures 1.5 metres tall by 1.1 metres deep, stored in a dusty warehouse.
Portishead Town Council paid £1 for the bell and appointed architects to draw up and construct a special steel frame on a concrete plinth which the bell will hang on.
There will also be a stone tablet with a plaque giving a brief history of the bell.
The project, carried out to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee Year, has cost around £15,000 to complete.
A special ceremony to officially unveil the bell is due to be held next month.