Great Bells of Britain

Richard Offen richard.offen at
Fri Nov 17 03:00:02 GMT 2006

--- In bellhistorians at, "Chris Pickford" 
<c.j.pickford.t21 at ...> wrote:
> I heard a suggestion that additional big bells had been installed 
with the carillon at Cobh, in Eire. I see that only the 1916 Taylor 
bass bell is included in the diary list. Does anyone have any 
information on this reported augmentation, and does it warrant a 
change to the existing list?
> CP

This is what the World Carillon Federation web site has to say on the 

St. Colman's Cathedral is a massive, yet graceful, church of French 
Gothic architecture. Construction started in 1868 and was finished in 
1919. The fully chromatic four-octave 49-bell carillon of St. 
Colman's Cathedral (bourdon 3,629 kg) is a Taylor instrument dating 
from 1916 which was restored, modernised and enlarged by Royal 
Eijsbouts in 1998. It is now the largest carillon in Ireland and 
Britain in terms of number of bells. It is a transposing instrument, 
in A. The specification of the console is North-American standard. 
There is also a state-of-the-art practice console. Adrian Gebruers is 
carillonneur, besides also being organist and choirmaster of the 
Cathedral. He succeeded his father Staf Gebruers in this position in 



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