Lighthouse bell to go on show
By The Bristol Post | Friday, November 16, 2012, 05:00
A BELL that used to hang in Portishead's Battery Point lighthouse is to be put on display in the centre of the town.
Preparatory work is being carried out this week ahead of the bronze bell being installed on the grass central reservation at Wyndham Way near the Cabstand junction.
The bell, which weighs two tonnes, 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 building's structural strength.
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, in a 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.
Preparatory work is being carried out this week and it is hoped the bell will be installed within a month.
The project, carried out to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee Year, has cost around £14,000 to complete.
Portishead Town Council clerk Jo Duffy said "The bell will be a real feature in the centre of Portishead, not only for residents, but visitors too."