Bells of Liverpool
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Samuel M Austin



Walton on the Hill, St Mary
8 bells, 9-1-17

Grid Ref.: SJ359948

Liverpool Branch
Frame: Metal, Taylor 1949.
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned.
Ringing room: Upstairs
Sound: A
Go: B+. The sallys on the front bells are too heavy making handling difficult.

Bell

Diameter

Weight

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

23"

3-0-12.

G#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

2nd

23½"

3-0-19.

Fx

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

3rd

25"

3-2-4.

E#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

4th

26½"

3-3-23.

D#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

5th

28"

4-1-3.

C#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

6th

29½"

5-0-10

B#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

7th

32½"

6-2-6.

A#

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

Tenor

37½"

9-2-25.
9-1-17*
9-1-25*

G# 853htz

John Taylor & Co. Loughborough 1949

Nominal of Tenor provided by Andrew Bull.
* There are three published weights for the tenor

(For those non-musicians, “Fx” means “F double sharp”. This is the grammatically correct way of writing a G# major scale.)

Inscriptions: (Those on bells 3-8 were also on the old Rudhall six)

Details of the old ring are as follows:

Bell

Diameter

Weight

Note

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

Treble

27”

4-0-25

F#

Abel Rudhall 1736

2

28”

4-0-22

E

Abel Rudhall 1736

3

29”

4-1-1

D

Abel Rudhall 1736

4

30¼”

4-1-21

C#

Abel Rudhall 1736

5

33¼”

6-0-20

B

Abel Rudhall 1736

Tenor

37”

8-1-12

A (856hz)

Abel Rudhall 1736

Weights (after the 1900 tuning) from Taylor job book researched by Andrew Bull

Inscriptions

Treble     Mr. A. Jones Warden Col. E. Gee Architect W. Kelly Clerk

2             The Rev. Canon D.N. Spafford Rector

3             PEACE & GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD 1736

4             MAY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND EVERY FLOURISH 1736

5             WE WERE ALL CAST THE GLOUCESTER BY ABEL RUDHALL 1736

6             ALEXR ;ANGSHAW CH. WARN THOS KNOWLES SIDESMAN 1736

7             THE REVD MR SILVR RICHMOND RECR THE REVD MR THOS BROOK VICR 1736

Tenor      I TO THE CHURCH THE LIVING CALL & TO THE GRAVE DO SUMMON ALL 1736

Historical Events & Dates

• 1552: ‘Twoo bells’ . . . There is one belle wanting conteyned in the first inventorie solde to Rauf Bailif of Lyv’pole and the money bestawed upon the repacon of the churche, as the wardens do allidge?
• 1736: Ring of six bells cast by Abel Rudhall.
• 1891: First peal on the old bells
• 1900: Retuned and Rehung in a new frame by Taylor’s Info Andrew Bull
• 1935: Last peal on the old bells.
• 1941: Bells badly damaged in a fire.
• 1948: Bells taken to Loughborough and recast by Taylor’s. It is said locally that the trebles although bearing the same date, were added as an after thought.
• 1956: First peal on the new bells.

Pictures


Photo © Dave Wood
www.bellsofliverpool.co.uk