The Bells

The Cathedral Church of Christ, Liverpool, contains the heaviest and highest ringing peal of bells in the world. They were cast by The Whitechapel Bellfoundry in the 1930’s. The tenor weighs 82-0-11 ( just over 4 tons, or 4100kgs.) and is in the note of A flat. They are hung in a radial reinforced concrete frame, the only one of its kind. The ring includes a sharp 2nd. In the centre of the ring is the bourdon bell, Great George. This was cast by John Taylor and Son’s Ltd, weighs 295 cwt, and is the third heaviest bell in Great Britain. It is rung by a counter weighted clapper and is sounded on special occasions.

The magnificent bells, set high above in the immense tower, were a bequest from Thomas Bartlett, a successful Liverpool businessman.

Thomas left money in his will for a ring of 12 bells for the new Cathedral which was under construction.

He died on 4th September 1912, more than a quarter of a century before the bells which bear his name were cast, and 39 years before they were first rung. In accordance with his wishes, his final resting place is in the ringing chamber where his ashes sit in a coffer on a stone plinth.

Bell Facts

Bell Weight Nominal Note Diameter Dated Founder Canons Turning
1 9-1-25 1248.0 E♭ 33.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
2 9-3-14 1104.5 D♭ 35.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
3 10-1-1 1037.0 C 36.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
4 11-1-4 932.5 B♭ 38.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
5 12-3-5 829.0 A♭ 40.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
6 14-0-2 779.0 G 42.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
7 18-1-11 686.5 F 46.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
8 24-2-17 622.0 E♭ 51.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
9 34-0-11 552.5 D♭ 57.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
10 39-1-3 519.0 C 60.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
11 55-0-1 465.5 B♭ 67.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
12 82-0-11 413.0 A♭ 76.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
2# 9-2-1 D 34.00" 1939 Mears & Stainbank F N
Bourdon 293-2-2 277.5 D♭ 114.30" 1940 John Taylor & Co F N