Hopedale Unitarian Church
   Hopedale and Adin Streets
   Hopedale, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.12941, W 71.53939
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   Fred Oldfield


   Hopedale Unitarian Parish
     65 Hopedale Street
     Hopedale, MA  01747
     PO Box 347
     Hopedale, MA  01747-0367
   T: (508)473-0745
   E: hopedaleunitarian@verizon.net




   Added semitones are sharp 4th and
   flat 7th; swinging bass bell is hung
   within bellframe, not on top.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  1 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     E F#  /    NONE  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1910
     with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt
   Year of latest technical information source is 2002


The church Website has a photo of the building and tower on the home page.  The Music page has an extensive description of the chime, with a detailed history plus the inscriptions of each bell.  An old photograph of the bells in the frame (presumably taken at the foundry) accurately depicts the unusual arrangement, in which the swinging bass bell is on the same level as the rest of the bells. 

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.


   This page was built from the database on 16-Dec-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2009/12/10
   and on technical data last updated on 1994/01/11

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