Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Farnworth, St Luke
6 bells, 10-0-7

Grid Ref.: SJ517877

Liverpool Branch
Frame & Fittings: John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1956. Clock hammer and Ellacombe hammer on the tenor.
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned
Ringing room: Ground floor
Sound: B+
Go: B

Bell

Diameter

Weight

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

24¾”

3-2-17

F#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough, 1956

2nd

26½”

4-0-14

E

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough, 1956

3rd

28½”

4-3-4

D

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough, 1956

4th

29¾”

5-2-2

C#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough, 1956

5th

31¼”

7-0-7

B

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough, 1956

Tenor

36¾”

10-0-7

A

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough, 1956


Inscriptions:

Treble: LONDON 1789. TAYLOR LOUGHBOROUGH, RECAST 1956

2. MAKE NO DELAY BUT COM A WAY 1718. TAYLOR LOUGHBOROUGH, RECAST 1956

3. GEORGE ROBINSON. TAYLOR LOUGHBOROUGH, RECAST 1956

4. HENRY FORSTER. TAYLOR LOUGHBOROUGH, RECAST 1956

5. THURSTON BRITCH RICHARD ROUGHSEDGE 1718. TAYLOR LOUGHBOROUGH, RECAST 1956

Tenor: ALL SIX RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR AND CO. LOUGHBOROUGH 1956. R.T. BARNSLEY WEBBER, VICAR, HENRY HARGRAVES MINISTER R. SANDERS CAST US ALL 5 1718.

Formally, the tenor had on the waist:

RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR
AND CO BELLFOUNDERS
LOUGHBOROUGH 1882

The details of the old ring of six are as follows

Bell

Diameter

Weight

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

28”

4-1-26

 

Unknown 1789

2nd

29"

4-0-16

 

Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove 1718

3rd

30"

4-3-15

 

Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove 1718

4th

31”

5-2-23

 

Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove 1718

5th

34"

6-2-8

 

Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove 1718

Tenor

39"

10-3-1.

 

John Taylor, Loughborough 1882

Historical Events & Dates


• 1552: “Three bells & a sancte belle”
• 1880: Tenor cracked.
• 1882: Tenor recast by Taylor’s.
• 1898: First peal rung on the old bells.
• 1927: Last peal rung on the old bells.
• 1956: The whole ring recast by John Taylor of Loughborough.
• 1960: First peal rung on the new bells.
• Referring to the old ring of six, F.H. Cheetham states that the treble bell is “probably by John Warner”
• The old ring were hung in a wooden frame

Peals

FARNWORTH, LANCASHIRE
On Saturday, July 23, 1898 in Two hours and Fifty-Four minutes
At the Parish Church
A PEAL OF MINOR 5040 CHANGES;

Being 720 each of the following;
Oxford Treble Bob, Kent Treble Bob, College Single, Grandsire, Oxford Single Bob, Canterbury Pleasure, and Plain Bob
Treble J. J. Wilson
2 Walter Oxley
3 Albert Oxley
4 E. Edwardson
5 W. Brammer
Tenor F. W. Stout
Conducted by F. W. Stout
This is the first 5040 by the above ringers as a band, and the first on the bells. It was rung at Farnworth in consequence of the bells at St. Paul’s Warrington, badly requiring rehanging.

WIDNES, LANCASHIRE
The Lancashire Association
On Saturday, February 5, 1927 in Two hours and Forty-Eight minutes
At the church of St. Luke, Farnworth

A PEAL OF BOB MINOR 5040 CHANGES;
Seven different 720’s.
Treble P. Boardman
2 J. Leather *
3 J. A. Callard
4 B. Trevitt
5 F. Hancock
Tenor J. Gardner
Conducted by F. Hancock
*First peal. First legitimate peal on the bells. A birthday compliment to the ringer of the 4th.

There were two peals on the old Farnworth bells. Why does the 1927 band claim that the previous peal on the bells was illegitimate?

FARNWORTH, LANCASHIRE
The Lancashire Association
On Sat., May 21, 1960 in 2 Hours and 43 Minutes
At the church of St. Luke

A peal of 5040 Minor
Being two extents each of Oxford and Kent Treble Bob and three of Plain Bob. Tenor 13cwt
Treble Frank Taylor
2. John Breeze
3. Cifford W. Shaw
4. Michael Thompson
5. John Ryder
Tenor Harold Worroll
Conducted by Harold Worroll.
Believed to be the first peal on the bells since being recast in 1956.

Note the misquoted weight of the tenor. Bravado or mistake?

Sources

Old Weights – Taylor’s Furnace book, 1 March 1956 per Chris Pickford
Present Weights – The Ringing World 1983?

Visited S.M.A and Alan J. Birney 2005

Tower Layout

 
 


Photos


Photo: S M Austin
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