Historic bell going under eBay hammer
PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 December 2012
A HALF-TON piece of Weston's history could go to the highest bidder on eBay this week.
The bell, which belonged to St Saviour’s Church in Locking Road, is for sale on the internet auction site, with a reserve of £1,000.
Paul Routledge, who owns nearly 100 properties in the Weston area, will give the money raised to children’s charity Children’s Hospice South West.
The bell, which he acquired when he transformed the church into a £2.5million residential development in 2007, weighs about 500lb and needs two men to lift it.
Mr Routledge said: “It’s not a functioning bell as the clanger doesn’t work, but the scrap value should be high. Really though, it should stay in Weston.
“This is a good opportunity for the local authority to purchase a piece of Weston’s history while helping a children’s charity.
“One thing I can tell you is that it will have to be pick-up only - I’m not posting it to the winning bidder.”
Mr Routledge, who also runs Landlord Referencing Services in St Margarets Terrace, Weston, put the bell up for auction Wednesday as the Mercury went to press.
He acquired it when the west end wall had to be demolished and rebuilt during the development five years ago and it has been in storage since.
He added: “The children deserve to benefit from it.”
The auction will finish this weekend and any money made will go to the popular children’s charity, which has a hospice in Wraxall, as well as others across the South West.