The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter

The carillon at York Minster is based on a chime of eleven bells cast by Taylor’s in 1933 for St. Mary’s Church, Nelson, Lancashire. These were transferred to the Cathedral on the closure of that church in 1989. In 2008 twenty-four bells were added, together with a new bell frame, transmission and clavier to complete a carillon of thirty-five bells. Thirteen of these bells had previously been cast by Taylor’s between 1999 and 2001 for a mobile chime operated by David Potter, and had been tuned to match the “Nelson” chime at the time of their casting. Eleven additional bells were cast by Taylor’s, Eayre & Smith in 2007/2008.

Bells: 35

Heaviest bell: pitched to D, 23 cwt, 3 qr, 19 lb (1220 kg)

Construction: 1933 (11 chime bells, repurposed), J. Taylor & Co.
2008 (24 bells added), J. Taylor & Co,. Taylor’s, Eayre & Smith

Carillonneurs: David E Potter, James Sanderson, John Gough, John Ridgeway-Wood, Janet Ponsford, Jack Parkinson, John Jones & John Hastie

Contact: David E Potter; 8A Minster Yard, York, YO1 7HH (davidpotter[at]telinco.co.uk)



York Minster