Bells of Liverpool
..
Samuel M Austin



Halewood, St Nicholas
8 bells, 10-1-6

Grid Ref.: SJ450862

Liverpool Branch
Frame: Original wooden Warner Frame. Odd bells on the top tier, the even bells below
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned.
Ringing room: Upstairs
Sound: A+. These bells sound superb and are amongst my favourites.
Go: E+. The frame is nearing the end of its life and the bells are very difficult to ring. The odd numbered bells noticeably more difficult to handle than the evens. Apart from this, the dynamics of the ring are good

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

 4-0-5

 25"

G

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

2

 4-0-0

 25.5"

F#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

3

 4-0-0

 26.5"

E

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

4

 5-1-17

 28"

D

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

5

 4-2-18

 29.5"

C

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

6

 5-1-24

 31"

B

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

7

 7-1-5

 34.5"

A

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.

Tenor

10-1-16

 39"

G

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1929.


Inscriptions


1-8 Inscription band:

CAST BY JOHN WANER AND SONS 1882

Opposite side below inscription band

RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR & CO, 1929

The tenor also has on the waist

THIS PEAL OF EIGHT BELLS
WAS RECAST AND REHUNG
THROUGH THE GENEROSITY
OF CAROLINE AUGUSTA BEST
1929

* * *

CHARLES ERNEST PROCTER * RECTOR

WILLIAM WALLS WALLER
THOMAS SLEE
- CHURCHWARDENS

PETER BOARDMAN
RINGING MASTER

Details of the old ring:

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

3-3-6
*4-0-0

26”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

2

4-0-12
*4-2-0

27”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

3

4-2-22
*5-1-0

29”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

4

5-2-1
*5-2-0

30”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

5

6-1-12
*6-3-0

32”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

6

6-3-18
*7-3-0

34”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

7

7-3-15
*9-1-0

36”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

Tenor

9-3-18
*11-3-0

39”

 

J. Warner & Son. 1882

* Weights given in F.E.Robinson’s “Among the bells”

Historical Events & Dates

• 1839: Church Built
• 1882: Tower added
• 1883: First peal on the old bells
• 1927: Last peal on the old bells
• 1929: New bells cast
1930: First peal on the new bells

Peals

The Lancashire Association – Garston Company,
HALEWOOD, LANCASHIRE
On Saturday, December 15, 1883 in Two hours and Forty-Eight Minutes
At St Nicholas’ Church

A PEAL OF GRANDSIRE TRIPLES 5040 CHANGES
Holt’s ten-part Tenor 11cwt
Treble Samuel Gough
2 Walter Turner*
3 Peter Barton
4 Charles Newton*
5 Joshua Large
6 Walter Hughes*
7 Geo. W. Hughes
Tenor Wm. Weaver
Conducted by Geo. W. Hughes
*First peal. The first peal on the bells. Great credit is due to Turner and W. Hughes, they being only 17 years of age. We think it only right to mention that Messrs. Warner and Sons have made a thorough job of the hanging, the go of the bells leaves nothing to be desired. Afterwards the company sat down to an excellent tea, presided over by Mr. W. Haigh and spent a very pleasant evening.

HALEWOOD, LANCASHIRE
The Lancashire Association
On Saturday, March 26, 1927 in Three hours
At the church of St. Nicholas,

A PEAL OF BOB MAJOR, 5056 CHANGES
Tenor 11½cwt
Treble Peter Boardman
2 George R Newton
3 Herbert Ludkin
4 John A Calland
5 Benjamin Trevitt
6 Frederick J. Handcock
7 Walter Hughes
Tenor James Gardner*
Composed by J. R. Pritchard. Conducted by George R Newton.
*First peal in the method away from treble. Arranges as a welcome to the new welcome to the new Rector, the Rev. C. Ernest Procter.

That was the last peal on the old Warner bells.

HALEWOOD, LANCASHIRE
The Lancashire Association
On Saturday, Jan 18, 1930 in Three hours and six minutes
At the church of St. Nicholas,

A PEAL OF BOB MAJOR, 5088 CHANGES
Tenor 10½cwt
Treble John W. Gardner*
2 Peter Boardman
3 Claude I. Davies
4 Fred Woodward+
5 John Brown
6 Arthur E. Sharman
7 Herbert Ludkin
Tenor James Gardner
Composed and conducted by H. Ludkin
*First peal at first attempt. +First peal of major at first attempt
This is the first peal on the bells since they were recast by Messrs. John Taylor and Sons

Sources

Weights of old bells - Taylor Furnace book 1929 per Chris Pickford
www.bellsofliverpool.co.uk