Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Bootle, Christchurch
8 bells, 8-1-12
Grid Ref.: SJ348951

Liverpool Branch
Frame & Fittings: Modern fittings in a lowside cast iron frame. An ellacombe hammer is fitted to the 7th,
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned.
Ringing room: Upstairs
Sound: B-. A Good sounding ring of bells with a 'tangy' sound.
Go: B
Comments: Replaces a steel six, which were transferred to Hale. The present bells came from Emmanuel Everton. These were the first complete ring to come from the Whitechapel foundry after WWII. (Ex.Inf. Graham Austin).
 

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

3-0-2

 23"

A

Mears & Stainbank 1946

2

3-1-19

 24"

G#

Mears & Stainbank 1946

3

3-1-18

 25"

F#

Mears & Stainbank 1946

4

4-0-0

 27"

E

Mears & Stainbank 1946

5

5-0-2

 29"

D

Mears & Stainbank 1946

6

5-1-3

 30"

C#

Mears & Stainbank 1946

7

6-3-27

 33"

B

Mears & Stainbank 1946

Tenor

8-1-12

 36"

A

Mears & Stainbank 1946


Inscriptions

Each bell was the Mears & Stainbank crest on the inscription band

Treble:     LOVE

2              JOY

3              PEACE

4              GENTLENESS

5              GOODNESS

6              FAITH

7              MEEKNESS

Tenor:      TEMPERANCE

Opposite

THESE BELLS WERE INSTALLED BY
THE PEOPLE OF EMMANUEL CHURCH AS
A THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR VICTORY
1945

Details of the old bells were as follows:

Bell Weight Diameter Note Founder
         
Treble    27.75"   Naylor Vickers & Co. Sheffield 1866
2    29.66"   Vickers & son & Co Limited Sheffield 1866
3    29.625"   Vickers & son & Co Limited Sheffield 1867
4    31.875"   Vickers & son & Co Limited Sheffield 1868
5    36.166"   Vickers & son & Co Limited Sheffield 1867
Tenor Reputed at 13cwt  40"   Vickers & son & o Limited Sheffield 1867

Inscriptions on Old Bells

Treble:     Naylor Vickers & Co. Sheffield 1866 Patent cast steel

2.             Vickers & son & co Limited Sheffield 1866 Patent cast steel 4011

3.             Vickers & son & co Limited Sheffield 1867 Patent cast steel 4816

4.             Vickers & son & co Limited Sheffield 1868 Patent Cast steel 4930

5.             Vickers & son & co Limited Sheffield 1867 Patent cast steel 4309

Tenor:      Vickers & son & co Limited Sheffield 1867 Patent cast steel 4916

Historical Events & Dates

• C1868: The old steel bells installed
• 1923: First peal on the steel bells
• 1937: “The first peal on the bells since they were rehung on ball bearings by Messrs Burnand and Day who are to be complimented on their workmanship” (Ringing World 16/07/1937 per Chris Pickford)
• 1968: Last peal on the steel bells at Bootle.
• 1973: The present ring of bells was transferred from Emmanuel Everton after the church closed. The original ring of six steel bells at Bootle were bought by John Wilton for £15 to save them from being scrapped (Ex.Inf. Graham Austin). They were later transferred to Hale. First peal on the ex-Everton bells at Bootle also occurred in 1973

Bootle towards the end of the 19th century had a flourishing six bell band. This can be seen from the copious amount 720s and other touches reported in the Bell news. They had a keenness for date touches, although they weren’t necessarily true. As you can see they worked on various projects (mostly date touches) by ringing short touches of various methods. Only two performances below I personally would count as a quarter peal. They are 07/07/1887 and 11/04/1889. It cannot be assumed that the below list is complete, it is more than likely that many other touches were rung but never sent up to the Bell News.

17/12/1882 – 720 Plain Bob Minor
18/09/1884 – 720 Grandsire Minor, also 144 Kent T.B. Minor
13/11/1884 – 360 Grandsire, also 144 Kent T.B. Minor
16/04/1885 – 720 Plain Bob Minor
30/04/1885 – 120 Oxford T.B. Minor and 360 Plain Bob Minor
28/05/1885 – 720 College Single Minor. First in method on the bells, also 720 Plain Bob Minor
31/05/1885 – 360 Plain Bob Minor
04/06/1885 – 720 Oxford T. B. Minor. First in method on the bells.
14/06/1885 – 360 Plain Bob Minor
02/08/1885 – 360 College Single Minor
13/08/1885 – 720 College Single Minor
31/08/1885 – 1092: 720 Grandsire and 372 of Plain Bob Minor. Number of changes correspond to the number of months Mr. R. H. Barker has lived on this his 21st birthday
29/10/1885 – 720 Grandsire Minor
Feb 1886 (no exact date) - 720 Kent T. B. Minor
15/07/1886 – 360 College Single Minor, 360 Oxford T. B. Minor
17/03/1887 – 120 College Single Minor, 120 Grandsire Minor. 120 Plain Bob Minor, and a touch of Oxford T.B. Minor
24/03/1887 – 144 Oxford T. B. Minor, 288 Kent T. B. Minor. 180 Plain Bob Minor and 120 College Single Minor
26/05/1887 -  1632 Changes. 360 Oxford T. B Minor, 360 College Single Minor, 360 Kent T. B. Minor, 192 Grandsire Minor, 360 Plain Bob Minor. Longest length on the bells.
07/07/1887 – 2600 changes. 720 Kent T. B. Minor, 720 College Single Minor, 720 Oxford T. B. Minor, 300 Plain Bob Minor. Jubilee touch. Changes correspond to the number of weeks the Queen has reigned.
11/08/1887 – A touch of Oxford T. B. Minor and a touch of Woodbine T. B. Minor
29/09/1887 – 720 Oxford T. B. Minor, 120 Grandsire Minor
13/10/1887 – A touch of Woodbine T. B. Minor and 120 of Plain Bob Minor
20/10/1887 – 720 Woodbine T. B. Minor. First in method on the bells
04/02/1888 – Touches of Kent, Oxford and Woodbine T. B., College Single and Grandsire Minor
12/01/1889 – 720 Grandsire Minor
11/04/1889 – 1889 changes. 499 Plain Bob Minor. 720 College Single Minor, Grandsire Minor.
06/03/1890 – 720 Woodbine T. B. Minor
17/04/1890 – 1890 changes. 210 Grandsire Minor, 360 Woodbine T. B. Minor. 360 College Single Minor, 360 Oxford T. B. Minor. 240 Plain Bob Minor, 360 Kent T. B. Minor
07/07/1890 – 1092 changes. 240 Violet T. B. Minor, 240 Woodbine T. B. Minor. 144 Oxford T. B. Minor. 144 Kent T. B. Minor, 144 Plain Bob Minor, 120 College Single Minor. 60 Grandsire Minor. Number of changes correspond to the number of months Mr T. E. Barker has lived on this his 21st birthday
04/09/1890 – 720 Violet T. B. Minor
11/09/1890 – 720 Woodbine T. B. Minor
18/09/1890 – 720 Oxford T. B. Minor
28/09/1890 – 720 Kent T. B, Minor
09/01/1891 – 720 Woodbine T. B. Minor
18/01/1891 – 720 Kent T. B. Minor
03/04/1891 – 2520 changes. 360 Violet T. B. Minor, 360 Woodbine T. B. Minor. 360 Oxford T. B. Minor. 360 Kent T. B. Minor. 360 College Single Minor, 360 Plain Bob Minor, 360 Grandsire Minor. First in 7 methods for the Liverpool Diocesan Guild
19/01/1893 – 720 College Single Minor
26/01/1893 – 1893 changes. 93 College Single Minor, 360 Kent T. B. Minor, 360 Oxford T. B. Minor, 600 Plain Bob Minor, 480 Grandsire Minor.
02/02/1893 – 720 Woodbine T. B. Minor
17/02/1902 – 720 Plain Bob Minor
13/09/1902 – 720 Plain Bob Minor
11/04/1904 – 720 Plain Bob Minor

Peals

BOOTLE, LANCASHIRE
THE LANCASHIRE ASSOCIATION
On Friday, September 7, 1923 in two hours and Forty-Three minutes,
AT CHRIST CHURCH

A PEAL OF MINOR, 5040 CHANGES,
Being 1440 of Oxford Treble Bob, and 1800 changes each of Kent and Plain Bob.
Tenor 12cwt
Treble Joseph E. Sykes
2 Alfred Baccon
3 John McKee
4 David Parry *
5 A Percival Knights +
Tenor Ernest F. Bennett +
Conducted by Joseph E. Sykes
This was the first peal on these bells, which are steel, cast by Vicars. Rung as a welcome home to the vicar (the Rev. E. Mayson M.A.) and as a compliment to Mr. E. F. Bennett on the 13th anniversary of his wedding.
*First peal. +First peal of minor
This was the 50th tower in which the conductor has called a peal in 17 counties.

The above peal would be invalid today, as the methods weren’t rung in blocks of 720 or more. The Plain Bob and Kent was probably rung as 2 x 720 and 1x 360.


BOOTLE, LANCASHIRE – AT CHRIST CHURCH
On Mon, Dec 30, 1968 in 2 hours and 48 minutes
A PEAL OF 5040 MINOR
In three methods, being two extents each of Oxford Treble Bob, Kent Treble Bob and three of Plain Bob
Tenor 13cwt
Treble Stanley Livesley
2 Nigel P.A. Goulding
3 Jack N. Brown
4 William E Court
5 John R Ridley
Tenor Graham K Austin
Conducted by John R Ridley
Rung to mark the centenary of the County Borough of Bootle, December 30th 1868 to December 30th 1968.

This peal was the last on the steel bells at Bootle.

Lancashire Association
Bootle, Lancs, Christ Church
Sat May 26, 1973. 2h35min

5024 Bristol Surprise Major
Composed by Stephen Ivin
1. Thomas E. Howarth
2. Celia F. H. D’Aeth
3. Alexander I. Martin
4. Anthony P. Foster
5. Geoffrey C. Sparling
6. John P Horrocks *
7. David J. Horrocks +
8. Robert Dennis (Conductor)
*First Bristol +First Major. First on the bells since their transfer from Emmanuel Church, Everton. In memoriam Charles Henry Howard Knowles.

Bootle Delight Minor was first rung, in a peal at Addington, Surrey on November 26th 1964. Nothing remarkable about that except that the ringer of the fifth was Robert E. J. Dennis. It can be safely assumed that Bootle Delight minor was referring to Bootle, Liverpool.
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Pictures




Photo coutesy of John Hopwood


Photos: Jonathon Wild
 
Sources

Weights – www.liverpoolbells.moonfruit.co.uk & the notice board in Hale ringing room.
Felstead peal database and Ringing worlds for details of peals.
Diameters provided by Nigel Taylor on the Bell Historians Yahoo Group.
www.bellsofliverpool.co.uk