History

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The Bell Tower was built in 1515 and took 40 years to build. It stands 97ft above the charming quiate Suffolk market town of Beccles.

The most unusual thing about it is that is not attacthed to the church of St Micheals in any way. The Doicese do not own the Tower any more as it was sold to Beccles Town Council in 1972, the tower is now under the control of Waveney District Council (owners) & Beccles Business Accs.

There are 122 steps to the roof.

The first floor is the Ringing Chamber where the 10 bells are rung from.

above this is the The Clock Room aka 'the attic' is where the clock mechanisum is housed along with other bits of euipment.

The Bell Chamber or Bellfry, is where the bells are, theres no hunchback in this one only pigeons,
These are also the same bells that ring out the chimes for the clock.

The next is the roof. Here you can see upto 20 miles on a clear day, try to find the wind turbines at Scroby Sands in the north east.

In 2001 the base of the tower was renovated with new windows and tougthened glass doors. Shortly after, the tower formally opened to visitors and is still going strong today.

Please have a look at our photos page for some views from the roof.

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