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BIRMINGHAM* Metropolitan Cathedral Church of S Chad (R.C.) 8, 15-3-6 in F

Grid Reference 139/070876 chad - Source St Martins' Guild
Postcode B4 6EU
Recording None Available
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday c.1200-1220
after service
Practice None

History Of The Bells

The foundation stone of this Pugin cathedral was laid in 1839 and consecrated in 1841.

The bells are in the left, or North-West tower. They hang in a two tier frame, with 3, 4 and 5 on top. By the consecration Taylors had suppled a 17cwt bell. It was hung in the North-West tower, not as is sometimes said, the other tower. This bell was used for its metal when a new ring of 5, tenor 13-3-11 was supplied from the Whitechapel foundry in 1849. Blews augmented these bells to 8 in 1877. Though there was a quote from Carrs in 1939 for rehanging these bells the authorities were persuaded to replace them with a completely new ring. These were duly cast in 1939 and blessed in 1940. They are a fine example of their founder's art and are popular for peals, especially of Stedman.

There is an angelus bell of c.2cwt, possibly by Carr c.1895, with a diameter of 20.125" and sounding the note Bb in the South-West tower. This bell was hung there in 1993-4 after being obtained from a Victorian school or church in the diocese. It is sounded by a solenoid clapper operated from an angelus tolling unit supplied and installed by John Taylor & Co in May 1994.

(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939   4-1-18  26.625"  1384.0Hz (F-16c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939   4-2-24  27.625"  1305.5Hz (E-17c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939   5-0-26  29.00"   1163.0Hz (D-17c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939   5-3-26  31.00"   1037.0Hz (C-16c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939   6-3-10  33.625"   923.0Hz (Bb-16c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939   8-0-26  35.50"    872.0Hz (A-16c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939  10-2-25  39.125"   776.5Hz (G-17c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1939  15-3-06  44.06"    692.0Hz (F-16c)

Details of the Previous Ring

1 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1877   4-3-14  27.875"
2 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1877   4-3-17  28.50"
3 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1877   5-0-07  29.50"
4 C & G Mears, London               1849   6-0-15  32.00"
5 C & G Mears, London               1849   6-1-03  34.00"
6 C & G Mears, London               1849   7-3-03  36.00"
7 C & G Mears, London               1849   9-2-27  39.50"
8 C & G Mears, London               1849  13-2-25  43.00"    692.0Hz (F-16c)

 Photo Gallery

 Looking East The Organ
The Cathedral -
Looking East
The organ at the West End

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