[Bell Historians] Bournville Carillon

Carl S Zimmerman csz_stl at swbell.net
Fri Feb 7 20:43:18 GMT 2020

The original installation of 22 bells in 1906 started from a bass bell with note F, which would be the smallest of the four that Bill described.  It is the only remaining 1906 bell in the present carillon.

The 1923 enlargement to 37 bells added two bass semitones plus an octave of trebles; the 1906 bass remained unchanged.
The 1925 enlargement to 42 bells added the three heavier bells that Bill described plus two trebles.  I have no information as to whether any of the 1923 bells were replaced at this time.
The 1934 enlargement to 48 bells included replacing everything except the four bells that Bill described.
Bill, I look forward to your presentation at the GCNA Congress in June.  I hope that you plan to stay for the WCF Congress as well.

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    On Friday, February 7, 2020, 2:13:23 PM CST, Bill Hibbert <bill at hibberts.co.uk> wrote:  
Alan Buswell recently sent me tuning figures for the Bournville Carillon, including G&J’s measurements on the four Taylor bells, none of which were tuned by G&J. I had hoped to work out the casting dates of the Taylor bells from the J&J figures but have failed – they all have just tierces bar one. My Taylor carillon catalogue is dated (I think) 1927, after the first remodelling by Taylors in 1925, so doesn’t help. Does anyone know the casting dates of the four bells in question? One is 1906, the rest are 1925:

46” 17-2-10 in F

48 5/8” 22-1-2 in E

54 3/16” 30-3-2 in D

60 3/8” 40-3-14 in C


I hope to visit the carillon soon, so could probably just go and look, unless anyone has the answer immediately to hand!


The background to this is that I am planning a talk to the GCNA congress in June and am collecting and analysing a lot of data in preparation for the talk.




Bill H

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