Christ Church (Anglican)
   Oil Street at Henry Avenue
   Petrolia, Ontario, Canada
   LL: N 42.8811, W 82.1442
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*Past chimers:
   1998-2018 Evelyn Ward de Roo
   Glenn Bicknell
   Julia Cardiff
   Sylvia Fairbank
   Bonnie Harris
   Charlene Mumberson
   Stu Sharp


   Christ Church
   414 Oil Street
   Petrolia, ON  N0N 1R0
   T: 519-882-1430




   Tower and chime survived a fire which
   destroyed the church in 1957, and were
   reinstalled in new building in 1958.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D#F   /    NONE  
   There are two added semitones
   The presence or absence of a practice console is unknown
   The whole instrument was installed in 1909
     with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt 
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2009

The church no longer has a Website, though it does have a Facebook presence with a brief video of some chime music and a view of the tower. 
However, a church member has provided the following history:
  The total net weight is alone over 10,000 pounds, and with the frame, mountings and complete appliance, will aggregate about 15,000 pounds.  Made by Meneely Foundry, W Troy NY they were bequeathed to Christ Church, Anglican by oil baron Jacob Lewis Englehart, Esq over a century ago, in memory of his beloved wife Charlotte Eleanor (nee Thompson).  Jake Englehart, an American, came as a young man to Petrolia and made his fortune in oil.  He was one of the founders of Imperial Oil Ltd.  He was influential in starting the Northern Ontario Railway and a town there bears his name.
  A brass plaque at the entrance to the church is inscribed:  "To the Glory of God. This tablet is erected by the congregation of Christ Church. In memory of Charlotte Eleanor Thompson, died 31st December 1908 and to record their appreciation of the memorial gift of the church bells by her husband J.L. Englehart.  I know that my Redeemer liveth."
  Jake’s courtship and marriage to Charlotte is one of the most romantic love stories of the area.  Upon her death on Dec 31, 1908, as per her wishes, the beautiful home he built her was left to the town to become the cornerstone of the hospital and the grounds became the golf course.  Jake provided an endowment toward the salaries of the rector and chimer.  He stipulated that all women getting married in Petrolia could have the bells played for free on their wedding day.  When Jake Englehart died he left money for the bells to be played at least once a year.  Now they are played every Sunday by a volunteer chimer.
  Inscribed on the largest bell - "This chime of bells was presented to CHRIST CHURCH, PETROLIA in loving memory of CHARLOTTE ELEANOR THOMPSON by her husband JACOB LEWIS ENGLEHART died December 1908".
  The bells are named, from first to last — Charity, Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, Long Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Meekness, and Temperance.  The words on the bells 4-11 inclusive are what St Paul call the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  The Tenor bell is named Charity, as that grace, in its original meaning of love and in its modern meaning of kindness to the poor and needy, and toleration of diverse opinion, was prominent in the character of her [for] whom the bells are a memorial.

A YouTube video titled Christmas Greetings from the Belfry, 2012 has a long description of the chime and its history.

Another video (1:05) shows the chimestand

Similar video (5:41)

A blog page contains photos of the church and chimestand, with a brief description of the church.

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 ON.

   This page was built from the database on  9-Feb-24
   based on textual data last updated on 2024/02/09
   and on technical data last updated on 2009/07/19

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