Category Archives: Towers

Whitworth, Saint Bartholomew

About the Church

Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Whitworth near Rochdale

The Church of Saint Bartholomew, Whitworth has a ring of eight bells cast by John Taylor and Co. in 1910. The ring is in the key of F with the tenor bell weighing 801 kg.

Grotesques

 

One of many grotesques at Whitworth Church.

 

Access and Parking

Access to the small car park in front of the Church is via Whitworth Rake.

 

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.

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.

Liverpool Cathedral

12 bells; 82-0-11 in Ab

There is a bourdon bell, Great George, and a ring of thirteen bells hung in the central tower at Liverpool Cathedral. The thirteen ringing bells, a twelve with a sharp second, were all cast in 1939 by Mears and Stainbank. The tenor bell, which weighs in at 82 cwt (82-0-11) and is A♭, is the heaviest ringing bell in the world. This gives Liverpool Cathedral the unique honour of being the heaviest twelve, ten, eight and six.

Everything about Liverpool Cathedral, including the ring of bells, is pretty stunning. The ringing chamber is vast and the bells are rung from a brick and wood platform about three feet above floor level in a ringing chamber 8 floors up.

The ringing room and platform at Liverpool Cathedral.

Ringing the bells is an experience.

About The Bells

The Concrete
radial frame and the Cathedral bells.

Dedication: Liverpool, The Cathedral Church of Christ
Bells: 13 bells. Tenor 82-0-11 in A♭
Association: Lancashire Association / Liverpool Branch
Practice Night: Saturday 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Sunday Ringing: Generally, 1.30 pm to 3 pm on the first Sunday. 9.30 am to 10.30 am on the third Sunday.
Address: St James Mount, Liverpool. L1 7AZ

Visiting The Cathedral

There is a large car park beside the Cathedral. The entrance is via Cathedral Gate. Parking is normally free for visiting bell ringers. Ask at the tower for more information.

Find Liverpool Cathedral on Google Maps

Hearing the bells being rung

There are various clips of the bells being rung available on YouTube. Here are a few of video recordings I have made.

East Crompton, Saint James

S James, East Crompton. 8 bells. 9-3-15

Also known as Shaw, Greater Manchester. There are eight bells hung in the tower at Saint Jame’s Church. All of the bells were cast in 1955 by Mears & Stainbank. The bells are rung from the ground floor.

 

About The Bells

Dedication: Saint James
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 9-3-15 (588 kg) in G♯ – A ground floor ring
Association: Lancashire Association / Rochdale Branch
Practice Night: Wednesday (no time is given)
Sunday Ringing: Not Known.
Address: Saint Jame Shaw, Shaw. OL2 7TD

Visiting The Church

There is parking on nearby streets and a small car park at the junction of Milnrow Road and Salts Street to the east of the church.