NEWPORT - CM : USA - RI

*Location:

   Channing Memorial Church (UU)
   Pelham Street at Touro Park
   Newport, Rhode Island, USA
   LL: N 41.48541, W 71.31021
Site locator map

*Player:

   (unknown)
*Former chimer:
   c.1901 G. Oman

*Contact:

   Channing Memorial Church
   135 Pelham Street
   Newport, RI  02840-3131
   T: (401)846-0643
   E: office@channingchurch.org
   - or -
   Janet Grant, Music Director
   E: music@channingchurch.org
   - or -
   Christine
   E: cwariel1@cox.net

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Original added semitone is flat 7th.
   Old bells reconditioned by Eijsbouts,
   who added sharp 4th; local work by
   Chime Masters, who converted original
   taut-rope rack to baton keyboard
   with space for 3 more bells.  Bells for
   second expansion cast in 2014, but
   installation was delayed until 2019
   by structural issues in the tower.
   Final added semitones are sharp octave
   and sharp 9th.

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument or collection of 17 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  4 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C A   /    NONE  
   There are four added semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 2019
     with bells made by Eijsbouts in 2014 
   Prior history:
     In 2009, the instrument was enlarged to 10 bells
       by Eijsbouts   
     In 1881, the instrument was begun with  9 bells
       made by Hooper/Blake
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2020
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website opens with a fine aerial perspective view of the church and its stone-spired tower.  But there is no longer any information about the bells.

YouTube video (6:55) on the return of refurbished bells to the church.

Church Specialties LLC was also involved with the expansion project.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Hooper/Blake bellfoundry.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts 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 RI.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 22-Jun-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/06/05
   and on technical data last updated on 2020/06/05
*Photos:

(none available)

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