Meneely Bell Foundry

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God on the Meneely Bell Foundry (1901) bell set at St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina

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The Meneely Bell Foundry was a bell foundry established in 1826 in West Troy (now Watervliet), New York,[citation needed] by Andrew Meneely, a former apprentice in the foundry of Benjamin Hanks.[1] Two of Andrew's sons continued to operate the foundry after his death, while a third son, Clinton H. Meneely, opened a second foundry across the river with George H. Kimberly in Troy, New York in 1870. Initially named the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, this second foundry was reorganized in 1880 as the Clinton H. Meneely Company, then again as the Meneely Bell Company. Together, the two foundries produced about 65,000 bells before they closed in 1952.[2][3]

Bell locations[edit]

Below is a sample of locations where Meneely Bell Foundry bells can be seen and heard:

St Peter's Episcopal Church, Tunkhannock, PA, USA[6]

  • Newton Presbyterian Church in Newton, New Jersey [7]
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, NY
  • Rock Island Arsenal Clock Tower in Rock Island, Illinois has a 3,538 lb bell stamped “1867 Meneelys’ West Troy, N.Y.” [8]
  • Saint Andrew's Catholic Church in Norwood, New York has a 3,100 lb bell of ingot copper and East India tin in a 70-foot (21 m) tower.[9]
  • Saint Anthony's Church in Albany, New York
  • Saint Anthony's Church (Svateho Antonina) in Strossmayerovo Namesti, Prague, Czech Republic (see below)
  • Saint Peter Cathedral in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey[10]
  • Saint Peter's Catholic Church, Rutland Vermont
  • San Jose State University in San Jose, California "Cast to commemorate the California State Normal School in 1881, this 3,000-pound bell was rung at 8 a.m each morning until the earthquake that stilled its voice in 1903. In 1910, the bell was re-installed in the main building of the newly constructed Tower Hall, where it was rung on special occasions. In the early 1960s, seismic concerns led to its retirement and relocation at ground level." -Source credit: plaque on San Jose State campus. Wikipedia link to photo:
  • Wesley Knox United Church. Woodville, Nova Scotia. Canada.
  • Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Sherman, Texas
  • Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island
  • University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa dedicated in 1926 [11]
  • Washington Memorial Chapel has a carillon in the National Patriots Bell Tower at Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina [12]
  • Eastern State Hospital Medical Library, Building No. 3, Williamsburg, Virginia is the location of a Meneely Bell carrying the manufacturer's date of 1886. It was originally utilized to signify curfews and special events at the nation's oldest psychiatric hospital, established in 1773. You may visit the Eastern State Hospital website at
  • Mattawamkeag Church of God in Mattawamkeag, Maine (Dated 1900)
  • Carlisle Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, New York
  • Roddick Gate McGill University in Montreal
  • Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park, California
  • Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City, Utah [3]
  • St Lawrence Hall, Toronto, Ontario. (This bell, cast in 1849, is unused and virtually inaccessible in the cupola of St Lawrence Hall.
  • Laingsburg United Methodist Church, Laingsburg MI (1881 bell)
  • Lacon Congregational Church, Lacon, IL (bell cast in 1890)
  • Wilder Center, Wilder, Vermont
  • Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties, NY (photo)
  • Church of the Ascension, Rockville Centre, NY. (1873 bell) Cast for Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, NY. Sold back to Meneely bell foundry and resold in 1888 to Church of the Ascension.
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist, Montreal. Dated 1917. Still in daily use.
  • Emanuel Lutheran Church, West Warwick, Rhode Island.
  • St.Patrick's Catholic Church, Camp Grove, IL. Dated 1904. Church closed in 2013, bell now property of Peoria Catholic Diocese.
  • Atlanta First United Methodist Church (Originally Wesley Chapel), Atlanta, GA. Cast in 1850, it survived the civil war while most of Atlanta's other bells were melted down to make cannons. Rings every Sunday morning at start of worship.
  • Alexandria City Hall, Alexandria VA. The inscription cast on the bell reads "Steeple, clock and bell presented to the City of his nativity by an esteemed citizen. Alexandria, VA, A.D. 1872."
  • First Baptist Church of Arlington Massachusetts ( The bell was cast in 1903 and is 5' in diameter. The bell is manually struck on special occasions only.

Below is a sample of locations where bells from the second Meneely bell foundry can be seen and heard:

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Irwin, PA one bell installed shortly after 1880.
  • Davis County Courthouse (Maneely & Kimberly Bell Co., 1879) in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • The Phelps School's "Victory Bell" in Malvern, Pennsylvania
  • A Meneely & Kimberly bell remains in front of the Cortland Elementary School in Cortland, Ohio. The school was once named Cortland Union School as cast on the bell 1876. This bell will soon be relocated to the Cortland High School.
  • The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, Chapel Hill, NC. The twelve original bells were cast by the Meneely Bell Company [13] in the early 1930s, and supplemented by two bells from Petit & Fritsen, Belgium in 1998.
  • Sainte-Marthe-De-Vaudreuil Catholic Church, Quebec, Canada.
  • St. Andrew's United Church in Markham, Ontario [14]
  • Bell in the name of Miss Elsie Priest, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • A Meneely & Kimberly bell is in daily service in the Parish Church of San Andres Xecul, Totonicapan, Guatemala.
  • Most Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Soldiers Chapel - Schofield Barracks; Wahiawa,Oahu, Hawaii. Church steeple built 1913. Bell dated 1911.
  • Assumption Church - Staten Island, NY. Assumption - St. Paul Parish. Bells dedicated August 6, 1922.[15]
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Ogden, Kansas. Bell dated 1910
  • St. Patrick Church, Lowell, Massachusetts. Bells dated 1905
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Kula Hawaii (Maui) Bell dated 1909
  • Monastery of Annunciation, located in West Morava Canyon, Serbia, dated 1920

Columbian Liberty Bell[edit]

The Columbian Liberty Bell was cast by Clinton H. Meneely's foundry for display at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The bell disappeared while on tour in Europe.[16] [17] [18] [19]

Saint Anthony’s Church Bell, Prague, Czech Republic[edit]

The Meneely bell that hangs in St Anthony's Church in Prague was purchased by the Mid-European Union in October 1918 to commemorate the independence of Czechoslovakia after World War I and donated to the group's president, Thomas Masaryk, who became the head of the country's provisional government and, in 1920, the Czechoslovak president. The bell cost $2,000 and weighed 2,542 pounds (1,155 kg).

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