The 15th Century Bell Cage, East Bergholt Church Location map
 
  Photograph of the 16th Century Bell Cage, the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Eastbergholt, Suffolk, England   The Bell Cage.

Having a church with an un-completed tower presented a bit of a problem because church bells, as we know, are hung in the bell tower. So the answer, in 1531, was to build a 'temporary' cage at ground level. That wooden building has now been temporary for nearly 500 years.

 

 

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  Photograph of the bells in the Cage, the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Eastbergholt, Suffolk, England   East Bergholt.

This shows the bells within the cage.

The bells are rung, not by a rope and wheel, but by force of hand on the wooden headstocks.

 

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  View of the church of St. Mary the Virgin, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England   The church of St. Mary the Virgin, East Bergholt, from the east end. This church dates approximately from between 1350 - 1500.

The Constable family tomb is in the North East corner of the churchyard although Constable himself is buried in Hampstead cemetery in London. The grave of William Lott (of "Willie Lott's Cottage") is also to be found here.

 

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