Bardwell church tower to open to the public on Sunday

Bardwell Church tower, which is opening to the public on Sunday August 20
Bardwell Church tower, which is opening to the public on Sunday August 20

A rare opportunity to climb the steps of Bardwell church tower takes place on Sunday.

The bi-annual open event at the 15th century church gives members of the public the chance to see the tower – which is unusual because it has a tower with a spirette, rising to 100 feet above ground level – close-up.

The views from the parapet – which is 86 feet above ground level – are worth the climb up the spiral staircase as on a good day the wind turbines on Eye airfield 12 miles away can be seen.

The tower also houses a medieval wooden bell frame, which was superseded by a steel frame installed in 2009 with eight bells, some dating from the 18th century.

There is also a chiming cage clock dating from 1659.

The tower is open 2-5pm, with admission free but donations welcome. The rest of the church will also be open , with cream teas and refreshments available.