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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


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. 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. 

The church was closed in 1987 due to concerns about its condition. It was said to be unsafe. It was declared redundant in 1992, sold in 1999,. and converted into offices early this century, after years of neglect. A new church was built as part of the local school hall in 2014. 

The tubular bells were removed and the conventional bell was taken back to Kings Norton church, where it is on display

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"

Photo Gallery

Interior of the church


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