Item BCA - 2017.876 - The old Carillon in St Mary's, Bampton

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BCA - 2017.876


The old Carillon in St Mary's, Bampton


  • February 2009 (Creation)

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pdf of 4 pictures

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The old carillon had to be turned off permanently in the end when too many pins on the drum had fallen out and simply would not stay in place when put back. The resulting sound was not good. When the drum rotated, each pin in the drum would trigger a lever which was connected to a hammer in the belfry which stuck the outside of one of the eight bells. There were two hammers to each bell so the same note could be struck in rapid succession. All the linkages and hammers had to be removed when the bells were restored in 2006 and there was no point in spending money reinstalling a complicated system that would not be used. It is hoped that in 2017 an electronic system will be installed so that once again we can hear the carillon at 9am, 1pm, 5pm and 9pm. The 7 hymns on the old drum were played on specific days and you can see these in one of the photographs. Monday was 'Abide with Me,' Tuesday was 'We Love The Place Oh God,' Wednesday was 'Blessed Are The Pure In Heart,' Thursday was 'How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds,' Friday was 'Through The Night of Doubt and Sorrow,' Saturday was 'There's No Place Like Home' and Sunday was 'Oh Rests in The Lord.'

In 2018, thanks to a bequest from Ian Smith, a new and computer controlled carillon was installed which plays at 9am and 5pm.

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