Evening Mail, Saturday 6th July 1991
‘A first for bells of St Martin’s’
TEN tons of bells have been unloaded in Birmingham’s Bull Ring- giving the Parish Church of St Martin’s a world first.
No other church in the world has a peal of 16 bells but Brummies will have to walt until the end of next month to hear the first melodic bong
The bells, costing £200,000, have all been funded by local people and companies.
Two bells a 21cwt and 9cwt were to commemorate the city’s centenary and were funded by The Birmingham Post & Mall and the city council.
The largest bell of all weighed in at 40cwt and will be known as The Bull Ring Bell, provided by London and Edinburgh Trust, owners of the Bull Ring.
All 16 were carefully lifted by cranes by Hampson Haulage, of Smethwick, into St Martin’s churchyard for two hours of public viewing before being moved inside the church – the original was built in the 14th century.
Next Wednesday they will be dedicated by the Bishop of Birmingham.
Rector of St Martin’s, Canon John Wesson said: “That’s a world first – 16 bells lined up like that.”
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