Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Rainhill, St Ann
6 bells, 1-3-16

Grid Ref.: SJ493912

Liverpool Branch
Frame: Two tier steel frame by Eayre & Smith. 1,3 and 4 on top and 2,5,6 on the bottom.
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned
Ringing room: Upstairs.
Sound: C. The sound of cluncking stays and sliders rather spoil this ring. They also sound a but harsh from outside.
Go: A

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

0-2-21

14¼”

E

Eijsbouts of Asten 1995

2

0-3-13

15½”

D

Eijsbouts of Asten 1995

3

1-0-5

17”

C

Eijsbouts of Asten 1995

4

1-0-18

17¾”

B

Eijsbouts of Asten 1995

5

1-1-25

19½”

A

Eijsbouts of Asten 1995

Tenor

1-3-16

21”

G

Eijsbouts of Asten 1995

Sanctus Bell

½cwt approx.

13¼”

C#

Cowgill and Comer, Liverpool 1838

Inscriptions

Each of the ringing bells has the following inscription:

EIJSBOUTS ASTENSIS ME FECIT MCMXCV

A brass tablet in the porch records that:

THE BELLS WERE GIVEN IN MEMORY OF
SIDNEY CECIL & CONSTANCE REAKES
WILLIAM VINING & RHODA REAKES
1996
BY THEIR FAMLIES

Historical Events & Dates

• 1837: Church begun as a chapel of east for Prescot Parish Church
• 1996: Ringing peal installed. Before this, there were two bells in the tower. The larger bell weighed about 6cwt, had no inscription, date or founder marks and was hung for swing chiming. It was taken in Eayre and Smith in part exchange for the new bells and now hangs as the tenor to a ring of six bells at Ansford, Somerset. After tuning, it now weighs 5-1-14 in the key of B. There is a possibility that this bell was the second bell from Prescot (q.v.) in their pre 1845 ring of six.
Chris Pickford writes:

“Bells 1, 3-6 of the old Prescot peal were sent to Whitechapel in 1845… The second was retained, but a small bell from Rainhill was sent instead. The old second bell from Prescot could have been sent to Rainhill, the old Rainhill bell being scrapped with the others from Prescot. This would mean that Rainhill gained a bell of 6.5 cwt instead of its original bell of about 2 cwt… Could it have been the old second from Prescot?”

The Cowgill & Comer bell has been rehung above the ringing peal.

• 1999: First peal on the bells.

Visited S.M.A, Graham K. Austin and Bryan J. McCahey 1999.

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