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            The Parish Church of St. Mary,

           Penwortham


The additional bell arrived in 1858, cast by Taylor of Loughborough but the frame, so thoughtfully constructed to accommodate it over a century before was not to last much longer.  In 1890 a local contractor, J. Walmsley, installed a new frame.

By this time the new bell was proving unsatisfactory, and was recast by the Whitechapel foundry in the following year.


The frame was strengthened and enlarged in 1926.  One bell was recast, the other five retuned, and two more added to make an octave.  These operation were carried out by the Whitechapel foundry, who alo hung the bells on ball bearings to make ringing easier.  The same foundry recast the entire octave in 1965, so that the Church continues to have a ring of bells that measure up to the glowing reputation that the bells have had since the 18th century.


Inscription on the Bells


Each bell is inscribed on its lower waist:


RECAST

19 O 65

With the trademark of the Whitechapel foundry in the middle of the date.



Treble


Cast 1926, recast 1965; note A; weight 145 kg

On Shoulder:  M & S LONDON

On Waist:  REV. T.J. CUNNINGHAM GAVE THIS BELL IN MEMORY OF HIS

BELOVED WIFE ADA CUNNINGHAM 1926


Second


Cast 1926, recast 1965; note G sharp; weight 157 kg

On Shoulder:  M & S LONDON

On Waist: LIEUT:COL J.Y.FOSTER GAVE THIS BELL IN MEMORY OF HIS

BELOVED WIFE ELISABETH STEUAT FOSTER


Third


Cast 1858, recast 1891, recast 1965; note F sharp, weight 176 kg

On Shoulder: TAYLOR AND SON LOBOR 1858

On Waist: RECAST BY MEARS AND STAINBANK LONDON AT MARY

RAWSTORNES COST 1891


Fourth


Cast 1712, recast 1965; note E, weight 208 kg

On Shoulder: GOD SAVE QUEEN ANNE A R 1712


Fifth


Cast 1712, recast 1926, recast 1965; note D; weight 249 kg

On Shoulder: PROSPERITY TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 1712

On Waist: THIS BELL WAS RECAST AT THE COST OF W.S RAWKINS ESQ

IN MEMORY OF HIS MOTHER ELIZA REGENT RAWKINS 1926


Sixth


Cast 1712, recast 1965; note C sharp, weight 258 kg

On Shoulder: ABR: RUDHALL CAST US ALL ANNO DOM 1712


Seventh


Cast 1712, recast 1965; note B; weight 346 kg

On Shoulder: RALPH LOXAM MINISTER A R 1712


Tenor


Cast 1712, recast 1965; note B; weight 435 kg

On Shoulder: WM: SLATER EVAN MAUDSLEY WM FARINGTON

WM BICKERSTAFF WARDENS 1712

On Waist below Whitechapel trademark: MEARS LONDON


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