Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Huyton & Preston Golf Club
5 bells, tenor 5cwt

Grid Ref.:
Frame: Metal.
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned.
Chiming apparatus: Clock Chime
Sound: D+.

Bells

Weight

Diameter

Notes

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

 

 

F#

Mears and Stainbank Founders 1878

2

 

 

E

Mears and Stainbank Founders 1878

3

 

 

D

Mears and Stainbank Founders 1878

4

 

 

A

Mears and Stainbank Founders 1878

Tenor

5cwt

18”

D

Mears and Stainbank Founders 1878


History:


Huyton and Prescot Golf club was originally built in 1877 by the Evans family and was called Hurst House. In 1904, Jacob Atherton moved in. He founded the B.I.C.C and he had his pitch works here. In 1947, Hurst House was in poor condition and the Athertons could no longer afford its upkeep so they sold it. It was purchased in 1947 and turned into a golf club. On entering the grounds, you see two towers. The smaller tower is now derelict and houses pigeons. You can clearly see that at some stage, this housed a clock. The Ascent up the larger tower is by means of a series of permanent wooden ladders which are on an angle of about 30º. In the centre of the tower is a large drop for the clock weights. There is a wooden fence around this hole on each level. On arriving at the third level you are confronted by a chime of five bells. These are hung “dead” on two timber beams just above the louvers. They are all inscribed:
MEARS AND STAINBANK FOUNDERS 1878 on the inscription band,
and on the waist:
J. W. BENSON.

The tenor weighs 5cwt and measures approx. 18inches in diameter, the strike note is D. The bells are struck by external chiming hammers (the 4th has two) also, inside each of the bells in a cast in crown staple.

The clock, made by J. W. Benson chimes the Westminster chimes every quarter of an hour. As the clock is in a poor state of repair, there is always some variation on this (always an extra note etc.) and sometimes, the hour is struck when the chimes are still sounding. The bells do not have superb musical qualities but they do sound quite sweet. Outside the tower, the bells are very quiet but not inaudible.

In the Kitchen Garden chapel, there apparently used to be a bell, swung from an iron lever on the ground floor. Houses are now built on the grounds of the chapel and the whereabouts of the bell is not known

Thanks are due to Fred Rogers for opening up the tower and showing us around.


Samuel M. Austin 22/1/00.
 


 

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