Bells of Liverpool
..
Samuel M Austin



Childwall, All Saints
6 bells, 12-3-6

Grid Ref.: SJ415891

Liverpool Branch
Frame & Fittings: John Warner & Sons, London 1912. Rehung be Gillett & Johnson in the 1950s.
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned. There are rumours that Gillett & Johnson retuned the bells when they were rehung in the 1950s but no evidence to support this has been found
Ringing room: Upstairs but used to be ground floor before the organ was extended in the 1950s.
Sound: B. The front five are harmonically tuned but the tenor certainly isn’t. The harmonics of this bell seem to be sharp. The bells are deafeningly loud outside.
Go: B. The low ceiling can cause problems to those who have a lazy style.

Bell

Diameter

Weight

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

28”

4-3-9

E

John Warner & Sons, London 1912

2nd

30"

5-3-0

D

John Warner & Sons, London 1912

3rd

32"

6-2-1

C

John Warner & Sons, London 1912

4th

33½"

7-1-0

B

John Warner & Sons, London 1912

5th

36½"

8-3-10

A

John Warner & Sons, London 1912

Tenor

41"

12-3-6

G

John Warner & Sons, London 1912


Inscriptions

Treble:     WM BROWN LATE WARDEN INO. WHITFIELD IOS. GRACE CH. WARDENS A%R 1751

2.             PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD A%R 1722

3.             PROSPERITY TO THIS PARISH A%R

4.             PROSPERITY TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND A%R 1722

5.             (No inscription below shoulder)

Engraved on waist:

GOD BLESS
KING GEORGE AND QUEEN MARY

 

Tenor:      I TO THE CHURCH THE LIVING CALL & TO THE GRAVE DOE SUMMONS ALL 1722

On waist:

JOHN WARNER & SONS
LONDON 1912

Nos. 1-5 have

J
W&S
1912

Historical Events & Dates

• 1517: 3 new bells were made for Childwall Church by Richard Seliock of Nottingham weighing 41lbs, 417lbs and 518lbs. The second bell was sold before 1552.
• 1552 – “Twoo bells”
• 1603: The third bell was recast in Congleton after being cracked
• C1660: The treble “burst” and recast by Edward Markland of Wigan
• 1680: Both bells recast by William Scott of Wigan, and when hung, the Huyton ringers were called in to test the, but the peal was not found satisfactory – the little bell being out of tune, it was rehung twice and rung but not approved.
• 1681: Scott came to Childwall and the bell was then approved of.
• 1722: Ring of five cast by Abraham Rudhall.
• 1751: Treble added. Also by Abraham Rudhall.
• 1912: Recast by John Warner & Sons, London. Dedicated and rung for the first time June 4h.The first 720 on the bells was rung immediately following the dedication:

720 Plain Bob Minor
Treble J. Turton
2 J. Roberts
3 Ed Gitting
4 W. Booth
5 G.R. Newton (conductor)
Tenor T. Groombridge

• N.B. Thomas Groombridge was an employee of Warner's (See Ringing world).
• Childwall Bob Minor (and Wavertree the 6ths place version) is said to have been invented by George Newton (Ex.Inf. Graham Austin).
• The first peal on the bells is as follows

Peals

CHILDWALL, LIVERPOOL

THE LANCASHIRE ASSOCIATION
On Wednesday June 5 1912 in two hours and fifty-six minutes
AT THE CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS
A PEAL OF MINOR, 5040 CHANGES
,
Being 720 each of College Single, Woodbine, Oxford and Kent Treble Bob, Oxford Bob, Canterbury Pleasure and Plain Bob.
Tenor 12cwt
Treble – Thomas Jennion *
2 Henry Fyles
3 George R Newton
4 Edward Chaunce
5 John Allen
Tenor Thomas Groombridge, Jr *
Conducted by George R Newton
* First peal on six bells
This is the first peal every rung in the tower, which has contained a peal of six since the year 1751. The bells have only just been recast and rehung on a steel frame by Messrs. Warner and Sons, of London, the work giving entire satisfaction

Photos




Photos: Jonathon Wild

Sources

F.H. Cheetham – Church Bells of Lancashire
www.childwall.moonfruit.co.uk
Felstead peal database Bell News and the Ringing world for details of peals.
 
www.bellsofliverpool.co.uk