Loughborough Carillon

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Coordinates: 52°46′9.92″N 1°12′37.66″W / 52.7694222°N 1.2104611°W / 52.7694222; -1.2104611

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Loughborough Carillon is a carillon and war memorial in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. It is in Queen's Park, and is a well-known landmark, visible from several miles away. It is 152 feet (46 m) high.

Plans were finalised in 1919 and when completed in 1923 it was the first grand carillon in England, the concept being associated with Belgium where so many British servicemen lost their lives during the 1914–1918 Great War. The Carillon was designed by Sir Walter Tapper, and is now grade II listed The carillon has 47 bells, all of which were cast at John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough. The carillon was built by William Moss and Sons Ltd of Loughborough.

The dedication was held on Sunday 22 July 1923, led by Bishop of Peterborough, Frank Theodore Woods and Field Marshal Sir William Robertson. Elgar composed Carillon Chimes for the occasion; the manuscript, donated to Charnwood Borough Council in the 1950s, was rediscovered in 2012.[1]

There are recitals every Thursday (1300 till 1400) and Sunday (1300 till 1400) throughout the summer.

The Carillon is a grade II listed building.[2]

War Memorial Museum[edit]

The tower features the War Memorial Museum, with three floors of military memorabilia. Exhibits include artifacts from each of the armed forces and both World Wars.

Access up the tower is via a long spiral staircase, which precludes disabled access except to the ground floor.

The bells[edit]

Bell Weight
hundredweights-quarters-pounds (metric equivalent)
Treble 0-0-14 (6 kg)
2 0-0-13 (6 kg)
3 0-0-13 (6 kg)
4 0-0-12 (5 kg)
5 0-0-15 (7 kg)
6 0-0-15 (7 kg)
7 0-0-13 (6 kg)
8 0-0-12 (5 kg)
9 0-0-16 (7 kg)
10 0-0-18 (8 kg)
11 0-0-19 (9 kg)
12 0-0-24 (11 kg)
13 0-0-27 (12 kg)
14 0-1-4 (15 kg)
15 0-1-8 (16 kg)
16 0-1-15 (20 kg)
17 0-1-16 (20 kg)
18 0-1-20 (22 kg)
19 0-2-9 (29 kg)
20 0-2-20 (34 kg)
21 0-3-16 (45 kg)
22 1-0-2 (52 kg)
23 1-0-21 (60 kg)
24 1-1-16 (71 kg)
25 1-2-23 (87 kg)
26 1-3-8 (93 kg)
27 2-0-6 (104 kg)
28 2-1-10 (119 kg)
29 2-3-13 (146 kg)
30 3-2-4 (180 kg)
31 3-3-25 (202 kg)
32 4-3-17 (249 kg)
33 5-1-9 (271 kg)
34 6-0-14 (311 kg)
35 7-1-8 (372 kg)
36 8-3-8 (448 kg)
37 10-1-24 (532 kg)
38 12-1-23 (633 kg)
39 15-1-16 (782 kg)
40 17-3-21 (911 kg)
41 21-2-0 (1092 kg)
42 25-3-25 (1320 kg)
43 31-0-0 (1575 kg)
44 34-1-6 (1743 kg)
45 40-3-25 (2082 kg)
46 60-1-6 (3064 kg)
Tenor 82-3-16 (4211 kg)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum