Our Lady’s Carillon

The inspiration for a carillon at Saltley came from a similar instrument installed in 1928 at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church at Dumbarton. 23 bells were cast on various dates between July and December 1932, long before the purpose built tower was finished in October 1933. They were cast at the Croydon bellfoundry of Gillett and Johnston, Ltd. The angelus was heard for the first time on May Day, 1933 although the construction of the whole church was not completed until June 1934. The inauguration of the carillon was by Clifford E. Ball the eminent carillonneur at Bournville and the bells were broadcast from the Midland Regional Station on the evening of the day the church was opened.

Bells: 23 (two chromatic octaves missing two bass semitones)

Heaviest bell: pitched to F#, 17 cwt, 0 qr, 14 lb (870 kg)

Transposition: up 6 semitones (bottom note of clavier is C)

Practice clavier: none

Construction: 1932, Gillett & Johnston

Carillonneurs: Michael Boyd, Clive M Smith


Our Lady of the Rosary and St Therese of Lisieux RC Church
Parkfield Road
B8 3BB