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PERRY BARR* St John the Evangelist 8, 13-3-22 in F

Grid Reference 139/068920 Northfield Church - Source www.birminghamnet.co.
Postcode B42 2LL
Recording
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1000-1025
Practice Monday 2000-2100

History Of The Bells

Originally a chapel of ease to Handsworth, this church was built in 1831/3, becoming a parish in its own right in 1862, and extended in 1887/8. The pinnacles became unsafe and were removed in 1977.

There are now 8 bells in the tower, installed in 1972 from Bishop Latimer's Church, (q.v), using the old cast iron frame, rearranged to put the third and fourth on top. Originally there was one 31.50" bell, by John Rudhall of Gloucester, which was cast in 1833 and weighed 6-1-9 in the key of D. This was replaced by a ring of 8 from the Taylor foundry, cast in 1868, the original order for 6 being increased to one of 8 before the bells were installed. These were hung in a two tier wooden frame, the treble being hung above the tenor. The trebles were retuned and the bearings and gudgeons replaced by Barwells in 1888.

(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  1958   4-0-16  25.625"  1441.5Hz (F+54c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1958   4-0-26  26.375"  1358.0Hz (E+51c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1958   4-2-07  28.25"   1208.0Hz (D+48c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1958   5-0-03  29.625"  1071.0Hz (C+40c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904   6-0-14  31.375"   953.0Hz (Bb+38c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1958   7-1-16  34.00"    898.5Hz (A+36c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1958  10-0-12  38.00"    799.0Hz (G+33c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1958  13-3-22  42.375"   710.0Hz (F+28c)

Details of the Previous Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868   5-1-07  27.875"  1548.0Hz (G-22c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868   5-3-03  28.25"   1468.0Hz (F#-14c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868   6-1-24  30.50"   1307.0Hz (E-15c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868   7-0-19  32.75"   1147.0Hz (D-41c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868   7-3-07  34.25"   1035.0Hz (C-19c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868   8-1-21  35.50"    974.0Hz (B-24c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868  10-0-07  38.50"    855.0Hz (A-50c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1868  13-2-20  42.75"    761.0Hz (G-52c)
(These are the casting weights. The scrapping weights were a few pounds less in each case.)

Photo Gallery

Postcard of the Church. Source: Wikipedia
An Old Postcard of the Church - 
Showing the Removed Pinnacles
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