Walter N. Maguire Memorial Carillon


   Maguire Memorial Tower
   First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
   Bedford Street at Oak Street
   Stamford, Connecticut, USA
   LL: N 41.06274, W 73.53864
Site locator map


   Marietta Storm Douglas
   8 South Street
   Cos Cob, CT  06807-1618
   H: 203-625-9449
*Past carillonist:
   1968-98 George Matthew, Jr.   (C)


   First Presbyterian Church
   1101 Bedford Street
   Stamford, CT  06905
   T: 203-324-9522


   Sundays at 11 am; summer series at 7pm
   on Thursdays in July (guests).


   Of the 14 G&J bells which were removed
   in the 1968 expansion, 2 were stolen
   and the remaining 12 were transferred
   to the New Skete Monastery,
   Cambridge, NY (see in Chimes section).

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 56 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is B  in the bass octave
   Transposition is up  1 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     A#G   /    A#A   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is an identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1968
     with 34 bells made by Paccard      
   Prior history:
     In 1947, the instrument was begun with 36 bells
       by Gillett & Johnston
       (22 bells remain from that work.)
       Pitch of heaviest bell was C# in the middle octave
       Keyboard range was:     C C   /    ----  
       There was one missing bass semitone
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S3I20 
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 23 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   20 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  27 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:   .%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1970

The church Website now has a page about the carillon; click Menu, Worship, Music at FPC, Maguire Carillon.

The carillonneur's own Webpage about the instrument has a photo of the tower.

Waymarking page

About the chime which contains 12 of the former trebles from this carillon.

A Web page on Connecticut Carillons (archived in 2003) has brief descriptions of 10 of the 11 carillons in this state, with thumbnail photos linked to larger JPEG files.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in CT.

Index to all tower bell instruments in CT.

   This page was built from the database on  4-Nov-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/08/15
   and on technical data last updated on 2002/01/04

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