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Todmorden, Saint Mary

The Church of Saint Mary, Todmorden.

Although Saint Mary’s in Todmorden is the oldest church in the town, it also has the distinction of being the newest Church.  The original Church was built in the 17th Century,  but was then significantly modernised in the late 20th century.

Saint Mary’s is fortunate to have a a well-toned light ring of 8 bells with the front seven bells cast in 1989 by John Taylor and Co. LTD of Leicester.

About The Bells

Dedication: Saint Mary
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 6-1-18 (326 kg) in C – A ground floor ring
Cast: Bells 1 – 7 1989 by John Taylor and Co. Bell 8 1897 by John Taylor and Co.
Association: Lancashire Association / Rochdale Branch
Practice Night: Friday 8 pm to 9.15 pm (not the 5th Friday)
Sunday Ringing: Not Known. There is a 10.30 am service
Address: OL14 7BD (Google Maps)

Visiting The Church

There is parking on nearby streets and there are several small car parks in the town centre (many of which offer free parking).

Oswaldtwistle, Immanuel

Immanuel Parish Church

Immanuel Church was completed in 1837 to an original design by J and T Stones. A chancel, transepts, a small chapel and an organ chamber were added by 1867 to a design by J & J M Hay.

Originally, the Church had six bells cast in 1878. The ring was augmented to eight in 1913 with the addition of two treble bells.

About The Bells

Dedication: Immanuel (Parish Church)
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 11-0-21 (568 kg) in G
Cast: Bells 1 & 2 1913 by John Taylor and Co. Bell 3 – 8 1878 by John Taylor and Co.
Association: Lancashire Association / Blackburn Branch
Practice Night: Thursday 7.30 pm to 9 pm
Sunday Ringing: None
Address: BB5 3QS (Google Maps)

Visiting The Church

There is a nearby free car park, accessed from Willow Park off New Lane, to the east of the Church with footpath access to the Church gate.

Saddleworth, Saint Chad

 

Saint Chad’s Church at Saddleworth

About The Bells

Dedication: Saint Chad
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 10-1-6 (523 kg) in G
Association: Yorkshire Association / Western Branch
Practice Night: Wednesday 8 pm
Sunday Ringing: 10.30 am
Address: OL3 6LW (Google Maps)

Visiting The Church

There is parking outside the entrance to the church.

Marple, All Saints Church

Church Tower

The detached tower at All Saints, Marple.

The detached tower at All Saints Church, Marple, is home to a fine ring of 8 bells. The original six bells, cast in 1731 by Abraham II Rudhall, were from Stockport Parish Church. They were installed here in 1816. Two trebles were added in 1963 cast by John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough when the existing Rudhall bells were rehung and the tower strengthened following demolition of the church.

The tower was part of a church built in 1811. However, during the 1870s it was found that the church was too small and the building was not suitable for extension. A new church was built 30 metres to the south of the existing building. Used for occasional services up to 1964, the original church was demolished as the building was unsafe.

About The Bells

Dedication: All Saints
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 691 kg in F – A ground floor ring in a detached tower
Association: Chester Diocesan Guild
Practice Night: Monday (no time is given)
Sunday Ringing: Not Known.
Address: 155 Church Lane, Marple. SK6 7LD (Google Maps)

Visiting The Church

There is a good car park accessed from Church Lane on the south side of the church.