Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Liverpool, Cathedral
12 [+1] bells, 82-0-11
Grid Ref.: SJ354894

Frame: The bells hang on a concrete radial frame surrounding the bourdon bell Great George which is hung dead
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned
Ringing room: Upstairs, reached by two lifts.
Sound: D. Although the bells sound good individually close up, as a ring they are disappointing due to the poor acoustics in the tower.
Go: B.

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

9-1-25

33"

Eb

Mears & Stainbank 1939

2

9-3-14

35"

Db

Mears & Stainbank 1939

3

10-1-1

36"

C

Mears & Stainbank 1939

4

11-1-4

38"

Bb

Mears & Stainbank 1939

5

12-3-5

40"

Ab

Mears & Stainbank 1939

6

14-0-2

42"

G

Mears & Stainbank 1939

7

18-1-11

46"

F

Mears & Stainbank 1939

8

24-2-17

51"

Eb

Mears & Stainbank 1939

9

34-0-11

57"

Db

Mears & Stainbank 1939*

10

39-1-3

60"

C

Mears & Stainbank 1939

11

55-0-1

67"

Bb

Mears & Stainbank 1939

Tenor

82-0-11

76"

Ab

Mears & Stainbank 1939

Sharp 2nd

9-2-1

34"

D

Mears & Stainbank 1939

Bourdon Bell

295-2-2

114”

C#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1940


Inscriptions

Tenor:
Band: MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD ALL YE LANDS

Waist: TO THE GLORY OF GOD \ IN THANKFULNESS FOR GREAT MERCIES \ RECEIVED AND IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE \ OF THE CITY OF LIVERPOOL \ WILLIAM BARON VESTEY OF KINGSWOOD \ AND HIS WIFE EVELYN \ WITH \ SIR EDMUND HOYLE VESTEY BARONET \ AND HIS WIFE ELLEN \ GAVE ME IN THE YEAR \ 1937 \ AND IN MEMORY OF KING GEORGE V \ NAMED ME \ GREAT GEORGE

Great George: "MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD ALL YE LANDS"

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD IN THANKFULNESS FOR GREAT MERCIES RECEIVED AND IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF THE CITY OF LIVERPOOL WILLIAM BARON VESTEY OF KINGSWOOD AND HIS WIFE EVELYN SIR EDMUND HOYLE VESTEY BARONET AND HIS WIFE ELLEN GAVE ME IN THE YEAR 1937' AND IN MEMORY OF KING GEORGE V NAMED ME GREAT GEORGE"


* = There is a local rumour that the 9th bell fell during hanging and smashed to pieces on the Cathedral floor killing two people on the way down. It was subsequently recast in 195? With the original date, however, no evidence has been found to verify this story.

Historical Events & Dates

* = There is a local rumour that the 9th bell fell during hanging and smashed to pieces on the Cathedral floor killing two people on the way down. It was subsequently recast in 195? With the original date, however, no evidence has been found to verify this story.

• The present building was built to replace St Peter’s pro Cathedral which was demolished when the Lady Chapel was consecrated
• 1939: The ringing peal cast.
• 1940: Great George cast at Loughborough (& not Whitechapel) due to war restrictions.
• 1965: First peal on the bells

Peals

The Lancashire Association
Liverpool, Lancs, - At the Cathedral

On Sat., Jan 23 1965 in 4 hours and 2 minutes
A peal of 5037 Grandsire Cinques
Tenor 4 tons 2cwt 11lbs
1. Thomas Hesketh
2. Ronald Kenrick
3. Alexander J Martin
4. John Bibby
5. David V Jenner
6. William E Court
7. Terence Fitzgerald
8. Thomas Horridge
9. Jack N. Brown
10. Edwin C Birkett
11. Joseph Ridyard & Dennis Jones
12. Steward H Bailey & Walter Allman

Composed by A. M. Tyler Conducted by Joseph Ridyard.
First peal on the bells.
Rung for the diamond jubilee of the cathedral, also as a welcome to the Dean, the very Rev. Edward H. Patey.

Pictures






This photo shows the radial concrete frame [Bells closest are 8, 9, 10]


Liverpool Cathedral Tenor

www.bellsofliverpool.co.uk