Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Huyton, St Michael
6 bells, 14-3-20

Grid Ref.: SJ443912

Liverpool Branch
Frame: John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1930
Retuning: John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1930.
Ringing room: Ground floor
Sound: C
Go: C

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

6-1-6

32½”

C

C & G Mears 1846

2

6-3-0

34”

Bb

C & G Mears 1846

3

7-3-13

36”

Ab

Mears & Stainbank 1872

4

9-3-23

40”

G

C & G Mears 1846

5

11-2-15

42”

F

Mears & Stainbank 1873

Tenor

14-3-20

46”

Eb

Henry Oldfield 1606


Inscriptions

Treble:     C et G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 1846

2              C et G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 1846

3              MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON, 1872

4              C et G MEARS LONDINI FECERUNT 1846

5              MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON 1873

Tenor

                + IACOBVS + WILLIAM + EARLE + OF + DARBIS + ED + TORBVK +
                ESQ + PAE x HARINGTON + ESQ + HEN + STANLEY + ESQ 1606
                TOM + STANLEY + ESQ + TO + WOOLFALL + GEN + ED + STOCKLEY
                                        + IOHN x ORME WM WD JH


Historical Events & Dates

• 1552: “iiij bells whereof ij as the said churche wardens do alledge be unpaid foure . . . MN the said iiij belles were boght of the Kyngs Mrts cōmyssions.”
• 1740. Browne Willis about this time notes four bells at Huyton
• 1846: The ring was increased to six. A mediaeval bell 40” diameter was discarded and afterwards given to the new church at Roby but the tenor was retained
• 1872: The third recast.
• 1873: The fifth recast.
• 1894: Ting-tang bell taken to St Gabriel’s Huyton Quarry.
• 1905: Bells rehung by J. Taylor & Co. of Loughborough.
• 1914: First peal rung on the bells.
• 1929: Bells rehung in a new iron frame and tuned by J. Taylor & Co. of Loughborough
• The curfew bell has been rung regularly since 1470. This is rung from the first Thursday after the 12th of October (this date being known as the Huyton Wakes), and continues ringing each evening at 8pm (except Sunday) until the 25th March. The 4th bell is used these days and is rung for 5 minutes, afterwards the date is chimed on the treble.
• On a Sunday, one bell is rung at 7 am, two bells at 8am in addition to the ordinary ringing for divine service. This is not now carried out
• The passing bell is tolled as followed: Two for a child under twelve, three for a woman and four for a man, and after a short interval the bell is again tolled, the number of strokes equal to the age of the deceased.

Peals

HUYTON, LANCASHIRE
The Lancashire Association
And the Liverpool Diocesan Guild
On Saturday, January, 1914 in Three hours and Fifteen minutes
At the church of St. Michael

A PEAL OF MINOR, 5040 CHANGES;
Consisting of 720 of Woodbine Treble Bob, two 730’s each of Oxford Treble Bob, Kent Treble Bob and Plain Bob. Tenor 23cwt
Treble William Davies
2 John Allen
3 Henry Fyles
4 Edward Chaunce
5 George R. Newton
Tenor John Turner
Conducted by George R Newton.
Fist peal on the bells, which are the heaviest six-bell ring in Lancashire. The band desire to express their gratitude to Canon Sanderson for his generous hospitality at the conclusion of the peal.

Sound Clips


Part of a 1606 of Plain Bob Doubles and Minor Spliced

Visited S.M.A. and Graham K. Austin 1997

Pictures






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