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WYTHALL*, St Mary 8 Tubular Bells in C

Grid Reference 139/072748 Wythall Church - Source: Genuki
Post Code B47 6JA
Othe Information New Church Website

History

This church is historically in Worcestershire. The present church was built in 1860-2 by Frederick Preedy to replace a small brick church of 1777, which had in turn replaced an earlier building. It was consecrated on Monday 11th August 1862 in a service starting at 11.00am and continuing to 2.00pm!

There was a central tower in the original plans, but it was not until 1907-8 that it was built, at the expense of the Misses Mynors as a memorial to their parents. The plans were prepared by Mr. W. H. Bidlalke. MA.. of 37 Waterloo Sinreet. Birmingham. and the contractor for the work was Mr. Harvey Gibbs of Kings Heath. The 8 tubular bells were hung by Messrs. Harrington Latham and Co. and the stone work was executed by Mr. David French of Kings Heath.  The bells were hung in a tall wooden frame in two rows of four, with bells 1,3,5,7 on one side and 2,4,6,8 on the other. They were struck by hammers and played from a manual in a lower floor in the tower.

The church was closed some time before 1988 due to concerns about its condition. It was declared redundant in 1992 and converted into offices early this century after years of neglect.

There was a conventional bell, 2½cwt, diameter 22.875" cast by Matthew Bagley in 1689 that was hung for ringing. This had come from Kings Norton church, St Mary's being a daughter church to it. It has been returned to its original home.

Details of the Bells

1  60.25"
2  62.00"
3  66.50"
4  70.50"
5  75.50"
6  77.50"
7  83.00"
8  91.75"

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