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SALTLEY, Our Lady of the Rosary and St.Thérèse of Lisieux (RC), Parkfield Road 23, 17-0-14 in F#

Grid Reference 139/103874 Saltley Carillon - Source: ricksrailpics
Postcode B8 3BB
Other Information Church Website

History Of The Bells

The church, replacing a temporary church of 1921, was opened in 1933 and consecrated on 8 June 1934. Is a large red-brick building in the Italian Romanesque style. It is cruciform with a large central tower containing the carillon. The total cost of the building was around £43,000. This was raised inside two years. The church was severely damaged in raids on Birmingham on Decmeber 3rd 1940 and April 10th 1941. Repair work was started very quickly. The bells were put in storage and then replaced in the tower in September 1944.

The bells were all cast in the second half of 1932 by Gillett & Johnston. The bells are hung on three levels in a steel framework. Bells 1-8 occupy the top tier, 9-17 hang in the middle and the remainder (18-23) are hung at the bottom. They have carillon-clappers and transmission gear and they are played from a baton clavier in the room below the bells. They are a chromatic two-octave carillon, with the exception of the lowest two semitones.

The bells were a gift from the Power family, who had made their money in whiskey distilling. Fr. John Power, the first priest of the new church, had served at St. Patrick’s, Dumbarton, where a two-octave carillon, also by Gillett & Johnston, was installed in 1928.

Details of the Bells

 1 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   0-1-23    12.625"  2932.0Hz  (F#-16c)
 2 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   0-2-02.5  13.25"   2764.0Hz  (F-19c)
 3 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   0-2-06    13.69"   2611.0Hz  (E-17c)
 4 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   0-2-16    14.375"  2457.0Hz  (D#-22c)
 5 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   0-2-26    15.06"   2320.0Hz  (D-22c)
 6 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   0-3-09    15.94"   2192.0Hz  (C#-20c)
 7 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   1-0-09    16.875"  2068.0Hz  (C-21c)
 8 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   1-1-00    18.00"   1952.0Hz  (B-21c)
 9 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   1-1-19    19.00"   1840.0Hz  (A#-23c)
10 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   1-2-20    20.00"   1740.0Hz  (A-20c)
11 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   1-3-19    21.25"   1640.0Hz  (G#-22c)
12 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   2-1-22    22.00"   1548.0Hz  (G-22c)
13 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   2-3-08    23.50"   1464.0Hz  (F#-19c)
14 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   3-0-14    24.875"  1380.0Hz  (F-21c)
15 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   3-3-04    26.125"  1304.0Hz  (E-19c)
16 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   4-0-16    27.50"   1228.0Hz  (D#-23c)
17 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   4-3-08    28.875"  1160.0Hz  (D-22c)
18 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   5-2-06    30.56"   1096.0Hz  (C#-20c)
19 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   6-1-05    32.00"   1034.0Hz  (C-21c)
20 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   7-2-10    34.00"    976.0Hz  (B-21c)
21 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932   8-3-07    36.00"    920.0Hz  (A#-23c)
22 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932  12-1-03    40.125"   820.0Hz  (G#-22c)
23 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1932  17-0-14    44.56"    732.0Hz  (F#-19c)

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