The bells of St Mary’s church in Mirfield have fallen silent for the coming months.
And the reason is all have been removed and will undergo major renovation work to give them a fresh sound.
The 10 bells have been lowered from the church tower during a skilful operation this week and then will be taken by lorry on Friday to Taylor’s Foundry in Loughborough.
The largest four will then be retuned while the other six will be melted down and then recast as new bells using a process which has not changed for centuries.
The hope is the new bells will be up and ringing by next Easter.
Project manager at the church Ian Boocock said: “The bells are being lowered one at a time through a hole in the ringing room floor down to the floor of the church. This will be a spectacle never seen before on such a scale in Mirfield and is unlikely to be seen again for some time to come.”
Take a look at the scale of the work in the picture gallery below.
The work will cost £90,000 – including completely overhauling the gear needed the hang the bells – and the money has been raised over the last two years.
Around 35 people from the church will be able to visit the foundry at Taylor’s of Loughborough to watch some of the new bells being cast.
Ian added: “On their return the bells will be hoisted up, one by one, through the ringing room floor to the belfry where they will be rehung by an experienced bell hanger assisted by some of the bell ringers and their supporters.”
Ian Ackroyd, tower captain at Mirfield Parish, said: “It will be a happy occasion as when they come back they’ll be really good sounding ring of 10 bells which they haven’t been for the last few years. They were a bit out of tune.
“They’ll be slightly louder but we’re going to put up some dampening so the neighbours don’t need to worry.”