Bell

Latin Inscription

English Translation

1

VICARII MUNUS IN PIAM DEFUNCTORUM

The gift of the vicar in dutiful memory of the departed.


MEMORIAM MISERERE DOMINE

Have mercy, Lord. (Priest's Bell)

2

AD DEI MAJOREM GLORIAM

To the greater glory of God,


MATRONARUM AC PUELLARUM MUNUS

the gift of matrons and maidens(Ladies Bell)

3

PSALMUM DICITE CHORI DOMINO DATE

Sing, ye choirs, a psalm to the Lord,


GLORIAM LAUDI EJUS

give glory to His praise. (Choir Bell)

4

ÆTERNA FAC CUM SANCTIS TUIS IN GLORIA NUMARARI

Make us to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting.

5

ADVENIAT REGNUM TUUM FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

6

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO IN TERRA PAX

Glory be to God on high, in earth peace.

7

ADESTE FIDELES ADORATE

Come ye faithful,


DOMINUM IN ATRIO SANCTO EJUS

worship the Lord in his Holy house.

8

HONORI DEI ET ECCLESIÆ USUI

These bells are for the honour of God


HÆ SUNT CAMPANÆ

and the use of the Church.


ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCLXXVII

In the year of salvation 1877


RICARDO PALGRAVE MANCLARKE A.M. VICARII

Richard Palgrave Manclarke A.M. Vicar


JOSEPHO HILL  SACRORUM CUSTODIBUS

Joseph Hill and Robert Bowker, Churchwardens


ROBERTO BOWKER  SACRORUM CUSTODIBUS


St James the Great - Barrow-in-Furness

8 Bells - John Warner & Sons  (London) - 1877

(Size information after retuning in 2013)

Bell

Diameter

Weight

Pitch

Imperial

Metric

Imperial

Metric

Nominal

Note

feet

inches

cm

cwt

qtr

lbs

kg

Treble

2

2   1/16

66

4

1

24

227

1425

F

2

2

2 15/16

68

4

3

5

244

1333

E

3

2

4 11/16

73

5

0

17

262

1191

D

4

2

6  ¼

77

5

2

11

284

1063

C

5

2

8  ½

83

6

2

7

333

950

Bb

6

2

10  7/16

88

7

0

0

356

890

A

7

3

2  ½

98

9

2

0

483

795

G

Tenor

3

6   1/16

107

12

0

24

621

710

F

1 (long) hundredweight (cwt) = 4 quarters (qtr) = 112 pounds (lbs) = 50.802345 kg

Gallery - Visit the tower website www.barrowbells.org.uk for lots more photos

Dimensions and Weight of the Bells

Inscriptions on the Bells

The figures for the dimensions and weights of the bells originally quoted in the 1877 entry in the tower log book were wrong. The bells were weighed before they were re-tuned, and although the combined weight of the bells was similar, the new figures revealed that the small bells were heavier, and the large bells lighter than previously understood. In fact the heaviest bell (tenor) was thought to be 15.75 cwt (800kg) but was actually just over 14cwt (715kg).

The diameter and weight of the bells have all reduced since they were re-tuned and the new figures are shown in the table above. The diameters have reduced between 4 and 10%, and the weights between 12 and 25%. The overall pitch of each bell has not changed, except for being closer to the correct note and the harmonics improved.   

The tenor (heaviest bell) now weighs 621 kg. This is about half the weight of a medium size family car such as the Ford Focus

The total weight of all 8 bells = 2810 kg = 2.766 imperial (long) tons.

When a bell swings full circle it exerts a force of up to 4 x weight, so the tenor alone can exert a force of almost 2.5 tons!The following details are also available on history page of www.barrowbells.org


The re-dedication of the bells

by Rt. Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle  on 9th March 2014.