Payson Memorial Chimes


   South tower
   Bowdoin College
   Campus Road
   Brunswick, Maine, USA
   LL: N 43.90837, W 69.96206
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   T: 207-725-3947


   Bowdoin College
   Brunswick, ME  04011
   T: 207-725-3000  [switchboard]
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   An older bell by Blake of Boston,
   formerly in north tower, is now in south
   tower but not connected to chime.
   Chimestand disconnected but not removed
   (as of 1996).
   Towers rebuilt 2003-04, with bells
   removed to temporary storage;
   reinstalled Aug.2004.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 14 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The instrument was enlarged in 2004
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1923, the instrument was begun with 11 bells
       by Meneely/Wvlt
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E     
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2004

The college Website has no information about the bells and hardly any information about the chapel, beyond the fact that it was built in the late 1850s.  A 2003 news article about the restoration pictures the chapel's twin towers shrouded in scaffolding.  (A restoration of the interior, some time in the mid-90s, apparently did not address exterior needs.)

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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 ME.

   This page was built from the database on  4-Nov-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2007/09/14
   and on technical data last updated on 2001/07/26

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