Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Liverpool, St Peter
Formerly 10 bells, 24-2-7

Grid Ref.:
Liverpool Diocesan Guild
Frame: Wooden in west tower.
Retuning:
Ringing room:
Sound:
Go

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Key

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

6-1-2

29”

F#

Thomas Mears, London 1839

2

6-3-7

31˝”

E

Thomas Mears, London 1839

3

6-3-18

32”

D

Thomas Mears, London 1830

4

7-0-17

33˝”

C#

Thomas Mears, London 1830

5

8-1-23

35”

B

Thomas Mears, London 1830

6

9-1-26

38”

A

Thomas Mears, London 1830

7

11-3-24

41”

G

Thomas Mears, London 1830

8

14-1-14

43˝”

F#

Thomas Mears, London 1830

9

17-3-24

47”

E

Thomas Mears, London 1830

Tenor

24-2-7

53”

D

Thomas Mears, London 1830

Curfew Bell

 

17˝”

 

Unknown 1807


Inscriptions

Treble:     T. MEARS OF LONDON 1839

2.             T. MEARS OF LONDON 1839

3.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

On waist:

                MAY GEORGE LONG REIGN WHO NOW THE SCEPTRE SWAYS
                AND BRITISH VALOUR EVER RULE THE SEAS


Below:

                THE REVD J. BROOKS A.M.
                THE REVD A. CAMPBELL A.M.
                - RECTORS

                W. P. BUSHBY ESQR
                W. TROUTBECK ESQR
                - CHURCHWARDENS


4.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

On waist:

                WITH LOYAL ZEAL WE ALL REJOICE TO RING FOR GLORIOUS
                CONSTITUTION CHURCH AND KING.


Below:

                Names of rectors and wardens as No. 3.

5.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

On waist:

                WHEN VICTORY CROWNS THE PUBLIC WEAL
                WITH GLEE WE GIVE THE MERRY PEAL


Below:

Names of rectors and wardens as No. 3.


6.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

On waist:

                WHEN FEMALE VIRTUE WEDS WITH MANLY WORTH
                WE RING WITH RAPTURE AND WE SPREAD IT FORTH


Below:

                Names of rectors and wardens as No. 3.


7.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

On waist:

                LOUD THROUGH THE AIR EXTEND EACH GENEROUS THEME
                FLOATING MELODIOUS DOWN THE MERSEY STREAM


Below:

                THE REVD JONATHAN BROOKS A.M.
                AUGUSTUS CAMPBELL A.M.
                RECTORS OF LIVERPOOL

                WILLIAM PEATT BUSHBY ESQR
                WILFRED TROUTBECK ESQR
                - CHURCHWARDENS 1829


8.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

                THROUGH GRANDSIRES & TREBLES WITH PLEASURE MEN RANGE
                TILL DEATH CALLS THE BOB & BRINGS ON THE LAST CHANGE


Below:

                Names of rectors and wardens as No. 3.

9.             T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

                WHEN OF DEPARTED WEALTH WE TOLL THE KNELL
                INSTRUCTION TAKE TO SPEND THE FUTURE WELL


Below:

                Names of rectors and wardens as No. 7

10.           T. MEARS, LONDON FECIT 1830

                MAY ALL WHOM I SHALL SUMMON TO THE GRAVE
                THE BLESSING OF A WELL SPENT LIFE RECEIVE


On other side of waist:

                THE REVD JONATHAN BROOKS A.M.
                AUGUSTUS CAMPBELL A.M.
                RECTORS OF LIVERPOOL


                WILLIAM PEATT BUSHBY ESQR
                WILFRED TROUTBECK ESQR
                - CHURCHWARDENS 1829


The original treble and second before recasting bore the following inscriptions

1.             IN MELODY LET EACH ITS NOTE REVEAL
                MINE BEING FIRST TO LEAD THE DULCET PEAL
.

2.             THE PUBLIC RAISED US WITH A LIBERAL HAND
                WE COME WITH HARMONY TO CHEER THE LAND


Prior to 1830, St Peter’s had a peal of eight bells. Details of these were:
 

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

5-0-20

 

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1724

2

5-1-0

 

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1724

3

6-2-6

 

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1724

4

8-1-6

 

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1724

5

9-3-18

35˝”?

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1707

6

10-3-13

36˝”?

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1707

7

15-3-14

 

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1707

Tenor

21-0-14

52”

 

Abraham Rudhall I of Gloucester 1707


Sources

Weights from F.H. Cheetham’s Church bells of Lancashire

Historical Events & Dates

• 1704: Church consecrated
• 1707: Back four bells cast
• 1724: Front four bells cast
• 1800: The first peal in Liverpool was rung here. Grandsire Triples.
• 1830: Bells dispersed when the 1830 peal was erected. Three of the 1707 bells were sent to St John Knotty Ash (35˝” the fifth?), St Catherine Abercromby Square (36˝” the sixth?) and the tenor bell was sent to St Augustine Everton (52”). One of the 1724 bells found its way to St. John Liverpool (39”) (sic from Church bells of Lancashire. One presumes this is a mistake as this would mean that one of the 1724 bells had a larger diameter than the 1707 bells) The bell at St Catherine Abercromby Square had been broken up by 1928 (Cheetham) and the church demolished in 1966. St. Augustine Everton was destroyed by enemy bombing in May 1941 and St. John Liverpool was demolished in 1899 - the site now occupied by St. George’s Hall. The bell at St. John Knotty Ash still exists but at the time of writing, it has not been possible to visit it due to building work in the tower.
The new 1830 ring of bells was first rung on Sunday April 11th 1830, the original 1830 trebles were recast in 1839 as the were found too weak
(Info on churches from David Lewis’s “Churches of Liverpool” 2001)
• 1905: Last peal at St Peter’s.
• c1920: The bells were removed from the tower by Taylor’s. After being stored both at Taylor’s and Mears’ and after tuning they were rehung at St. Helens Parish Church, although it was considered for a while to hang them at St. Barnabas Penny Lane, but this did not come to fruition as the vicar of Penny Lane at the time thought the tower not strong enough. (Info. Dave Cawley)
• 1922: St Peter’s was demolished. A brass cross embedded in the pavement in Church Street (outside HMV) marks the spot where the high altar once was.

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