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BIRMINGHAM, Bishop Ryder's Church 8, 12-3-24 in F#

Grid Reference 139/287404 Bishop Ryder's Churchh - Source: BobHoughton
Postcode B4 7ED
Peals Felstead Database
Date Lost 1959


This church was built in 1837/8 in Gem Street as a memorial to the Bishop of Lichfield, who had died in 1834 and who had been supportive of the need to build a church in this area. It was a red brick and stone church designed by Thomas Rickman and Richard Charles Hussey in the Goth style. Its parish came from that of St Martin in the Bullring. The Chancel was rebuilt in 1894 by J. A. Chatwin, fuunded by J. C Holder in memory of his father, Henry Holder.

In 1925 the parish of St Mary, Whittall Street which closed that year, was united with Bishop Ryder's, as in 1939 was part of the parish of St Bartholomew which closed in 1937. The "slum housing" in the area was demolished after WWII and, after being empty for some, time the church itself was demolised in 1960 and part of Aston University was built on the site.

A single bell by William Taylor of Oxford, cast around 1838 and weighing 4-0-8 was all that was in the tower until, "The first eight ever cast in Birmingham" was installed by Blews and Son, cast in late 1868 and dedicated in 11th January 1869. The cost involved was £600 (according to Wikipedia!) The bells were rehung by Carrs as early as 1895 in the same frame, (which remained in use until the removal of the bells in 1960).

The bells fell silent in 1922 and, always considered to be of poor tone; (note the frequencies), were recast by Taylors the following year. The scrapping weights are given below. The frame was also lowered by 20 feet in the tower at this time.

Until the time of the closure of this church the bells were popular with peal bands, 197 in total being rung, the last being in August 1959. The bells were transferred to Harbourne to replace the 8 bells there. (q.v.)

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

Details of the First Ring of Bells

1 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   5-0-21  26.50"   1642.0Hz (G+80c)
2 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   5-1-13  26.25"   1540.0Hz (F#+69c)
3 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   5-2-07  28.75"   1359.0Hz (E+52c)
4 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   5-3-21  30.00"   1206.0Hz (D+46c)
5 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   6-3-18  32.50"   1070.0Hz (C+38c)
6 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   7-1-27  34.00"   1007.0Hz (B+33c)
7 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868   9-3-25  37.00"    912.0Hz (A+62c)
8 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1868  11-1-21  40.25"    800.0Hz (G+35c)

Details of the Recast Ring of Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   3-1-11  24.375"  1484.0Hz (F#+5c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   3-2-10  25.375"  1399.0Hz (Ex+3c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   4-0-07  27.125"  1246.0Hz (D#+2c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   4-1-04  28.375"  1112.0Hz (C#+5c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   5-2-17  31.125"   990.0Hz (B+4c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   6-2-18  32.875"   930.0Hz (A#-4c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923   8-3-22  36.50"    832.5Hz (G#+4c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1923  12-3-24  40.875"   742.0Hz (F#+5c)

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