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BOURNVILLE, Junior Schools, Linden Road 63, 64-0-18 in F#

Grid Reference 138/042805 Bournville Carillon - Source: Virtualbrum
Postcode B30 2AA
Other Information Carillon Website

History

The Bournville Carillon is located in the Junior Schools in Linden Road. The schools were built in 1904-6 and the massive entrance was decided to be a suitable place for a carillon by George Cadbury late in the building process. The open cupola containing the bells was rebuilt in 1934 to replace a smaller structure.

The history of the bells is somewhat convoluted. In short it is:-

1906 - 22 bells supplied by Taylors, two octaves in F#, but not fully chromatic at the bass end, bass bell 17-2-17 in F
1923 - 15 more bells added by Taylors, adding the three missing lower semitones and extending the carillon to three octaves.
1925 - Taylors added three more bells at the treble end and two at the bass end of the carillon. Bass bell now 40-3-17 in C
1934 - Three more bells added to the treble end and two more to the bass end of the carillon by Gillett and Johnson and all but, four of the Taylor bells, one from 1906 and three from 1925, were recast to give the configuration we have today. Only the lowest semitone is missing.
1951 - The two largest bells were moved higher in the frame by Gillett and Johnson
1988 - A major restoration of the Carillon by Taylors.
2015 - Smallest 25 bells replaced by bells cast by Taylors. Replaced bells intended to become a 2 octave carillon elsewhere in the building in the future.

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

The carillon was featured in "The Ringing World" on August 3rd/10th 1934 during the G&J restoration:

Details of the Bells

 1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-19      8.30"   7271.0Hz A♯-44C
 2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-18      8.50"   6863.0Hz A-44c
 3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-22      8.70"   6478.0Hz G♯-44c
 4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-22      8.90"   6115.0Hz G-44c
 5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-24      9.10"   5771.0Hz F♯-44c
 6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-25      9.40"   5451.0Hz F-43c
 7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-26      9.60"   5145.0Hz E-43c
 8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-25      9.80"   4856.0Hz D♯-43c
 9 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-0-25     10.00"   4583.0Hz D-43c
10 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-2      10.30"   4326.0Hz C♯-43c
11 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-0      10.50"   4083.0Hz C-43c
12 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-3      10.90"   3854.0Hz B-43c
13 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-7      11.40"   3638.0Hz A♯-43c
14 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-13     12.00"   3436.0Hz A-42c
15 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-18     12.50"   3243.0Hz G♯-42c
16 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-1-25     13.00"   3061.0Hz G-42c
17 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-2-1      13.50"   2889.0Hz F♯-42c
18 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-2-6      14.00"   2727.0Hz F-42c
19 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-2-20     14.75"   2574.0Hz E-42c
20 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-3-3      15.50"   2429.0Hz D♯-42c
21 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-3-9      16.00"   2293.0Hz D-42c
22 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   0-3-15     16.50"   2166.0Hz C♯-41c
23 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   1-0-9      17.50"   2044.0Hz C-41c
24 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   1-0-18     18.00"   1929.0Hz B-41c
25 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2015   1-1-10     19.00"   1821.0Hz A♯-41c
26 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   1-2-20     20.00"   1730.0Hz A-30c
27 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   1-3-24     21.00"   1630.0Hz G#-33c
28 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   2-1-17     22.25"   1540.0Hz G-31c
29 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   2-2-10     23.375"  1456.0Hz F#-28c
30 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   3-0-10     24.75"   1372.0Hz F-31c
31 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   3-2-00     26.00"   1296.0Hz E-30c
32 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   4-0-14     27.50"   1222.0Hz D#-32c
33 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   4-2-02     28.50"   1154.0Hz D-31c
34 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   5-0-27     30.00"   1090.0Hz C#-29c
35 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   5-3-22     31.50"   1028.0Hz C-31C
36 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   6-2-15     33.00"    970.0Hz B-31c
37 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   7-1-19     34.50"    915.0Hz A#-32c
38 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   9-0-10     36.625"   865.0Hz A-30c
39 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934  10-1-09     38.375"   815.0Hz G#-33c
40 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934  12-1-09     41.00"    770.0Hz G-31C
41 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934  15-1-02     43.50"    728.0Hz F#-28C
42 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1906  17-2-10     46.00"    686.0Hz F-31c
43 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1925  22-1-02     48.625"   648.0Hz E-30c
44 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934  27-0-05     52.19"    611.0Hz D#-32c
45 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1925  30-3-02     54.19"    577.0Hz D-31c
46 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934  36-2-21     58.00"    545.0Hz C#-29c
47 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1925  40-3-14     60.375"   514.0Hz C-31c
48 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934  64-0-18     70.00"    457.5Hz A#-32c

The bells that were replaced in 2015

 1 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-10.75   6.69"   7350.0Hz A#-25c
 2 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-11      6.75"   6950.0Hz A-22c
 3 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-11.5    7.06"   6550.0Hz G#-25c
 4 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-11.5    7.31"   6184.0Hz G-24c
 5 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-11.5    7.375"  5846.0Hz F#-22c
 6 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-11.75   7.44"   5508.0Hz F-25c
 7 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-13      7.75"   5202.0Hz E-24c
 8 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-13.75   8.06"   4900.0Hz D#-27c
 9 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-17      8.56"   4626.0Hz D-27C
10 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-20.25   9.25"   4369.0Hz C#-26c
11 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-22.5    9.50"   4121.0Hz C-27c
12 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-0-26     10.06"   3888.0Hz B-28c
13 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-1-04.25  10.56"   3668.0Hz A#-29c
14 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-1-06.75  11.00"   3467.0Hz A-26c
15 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-1-11.75  11.875"  3266.0Hz G#-30c
16 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-1-14.75  11.94"   3085.0Hz G-28c
17 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-1-19.5   12.56"   2916.0Hz F#-26c
18 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-2-01     13.19    2748.0Hz F-29c
19 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-2-04.5   13.56"   2595.0Hz E-28c
20 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-2-14.5   14.375"  2443.0Hz D#-32c
21 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-2-25.5   15.125"  2310.0Hz D-29c
22 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   0-3-11     16.00"   2180.0Hz C#-29c
23 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   1-0-08.5   16.875"  2056.0Hz C-31c
24 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   1-0-26     18.125"  1940.0Hz B-31c
25 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1934   1-1-19     19.00"   1830.0Hz A#-32c

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