Catherine Colt Dickey Memorial Carillon


   St.Thomas' Episcopal Church
   610 Bethlehem Pike, at Camp Hill Road
     Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA
   LL: N 40.12093, W 75.21519
Site locator map


   Lisa J. Lonie   (C)
   1391 Walton Road
   Blue Bell, PA  19422-2138
   H: (215)283-3223   W: (215)780-1280
   F: (215)780-1289
*Past carillonist:
   1974-99 Janet Dundore (1920-2005)(C)


   St.Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh
     610 Bethlehem Pike
     Fort Washington, PA  19034
     P.O. Box 247
     Fort Washington, PA  19034-0247
   T: (215)233-3970


   Before and after worship services;
   summer series (guests) 7pm Tuesdays
   in July and August.


   Original bells donated by Mrs. Sarah K.
    Hill; added semitone was flat 7th;
   all scrapped.
   First carillon from P&F to have all
   equipment (including frame) made by
   Verdin; also the first complete design
   by R.M.Watson.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C C 24
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is an identical practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1974
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1913, a complete instrument of 10 bells was installed
       by McShane     
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2022
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The church Website offers a virtual tour with several photos of the building and tower.  The carillon is described on the Music page.

Video tour (4:54) of the carillon, by Lisa Lonie

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane 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 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 PA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in PA.

   This page was built from the database on 30-Jun-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/08/15
   and on technical data last updated on 2022/06/23

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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