Whitechapel Handbells

As a retirement gift to the church, Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Swan purchased three octaves of handbells from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry located in London, England. These three octaves were given to the church in the mid-1960s and have been in continuous use since that time.

By the late 1990s however, the bells were starting to show signs of wear-and-tear and were in need of major maintenance. Money was raised to replace most of the original, leather handles, and some of the interior mechanisms.

At the same time, several members of the church felt the time was right to increase the number of bells in the set from 37 to 61. Additional monies were raised to purchase another two octaves of bells from Whitechapel. Our five-octave set is the largest set of Whitechapel handbells located in the area.

The most famous bell cast by the Whitechapel Foundry is the Liberty Bell, located in Philadelphia, PA.

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