[Bell Historians] Bell stolen from Weoley Castle, Birmingham

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford.t21 at rMncC5ydTFyX2z6Z0thFrNvRJuYZCv0Us5zMpa8J3IziqHpitMdrA9mLvuShSY9MxnOrhaCD48CmtuLDl2TqrGI3cNDeHRhVug.yahoo.invalid
Fri Jul 29 14:54:25 BST 2011

Here are the details:

*WEOLEY**CASTLE**-- St.Gabriel, Shenley Lane*

The Corporation housing development at Weoley Castle was laid out in the 
1930s and St.Gabriel's was built in 1933-4 to provide church 
accommodation for the new estate, a site for a new church at Northfield 
having been provided under a bequest in the will of James Goddington 
Ledsam in whose memory the church was built. The foundation stone was 
laid by Mrs. Neville Chamberlain on 9 September 1933 and a new parish 
was assigned from Northfield and Selly Oak in the same year. The 
consecration took place on 30 June 1934. E.F. Reynolds was the 
architect, and the church is a plain rectangular brick building in the 
Romanesque style.

The church was originally intended to have a tower, but this was never 
built. There was no bell here until 1957 when the present enclosed bell 
turret was erected over the south porch to contain a bell presented to 
St.Gabriel's by the City of Birmingham Parks Department. The bell is 
hung 'dead' by its canons from a pair of steel beams and clocked by a 
rope attached to the clapper.



/Waist/: "CHARLES CARR" / SMETHWICK. / 1895



    *Founder and date*















Charles Carr, 1895






F sharp







The bell came from the chapel at Lodge Hill Cemetery at Selly Oak 
(/q.v./), consecrated on 24 June 1895. It was hung here in 1957 in a 
turret designed by Cyril A Hughes of Swansea, architect, whose brother 
was churchwarden at Weoley Castle at the time. A faculty for the turret 
and bell was granted on 6 March 1957.

*/Visited/*: CJP 28 July and (ladders) 7 August 1988

Chris Pickford 4 Walmsley Court, High Street, Kinver, DY7 6HG Tel: 01384 
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