Other Bells in Harrogate

Christ Church, High Harrogate

In High Harrogate a chapel of ease, St John’s chapel, was built in 1749 and was subsequently enlarged in the late 18th century to accommodate the growing number of visitors to Harrogate. There was one bell dated 1812.

St John’s chapel was replaced in 1831 with a new church, Christ Church, by John Oates, to which a chancel and transepts were added by Lockwood and Mawson in 1862.

Christ Church has three bells; two cast in 1831 by Thomas Mears of Whitechapel (weighing 5 cwt and 12 cwt) for the new church and a 22 cwt bell added in 1874 by John Taylor of Loughborough. In 1914 there was a scheme to add five more bells to make a ring of eight, but nothing materialised.

Christ Church on the Stray, High Harrogate

All Saints, Harlow Hill

The church contained eight tubular bells played by an Ellacombe chime. The church is now closed due to structural problems.

St John the Evangelist, Bilton

St John the Evangelist, Bilton

St John the Evangelist in Bilton was consecrated in 1855 and it was originally planned to erect a spire on top of the tower and install a peal of six bells. The spire was never built and only the tenor (weighing 12 cwt, 2 qtr, 19 lbs) was cast.

St Luke, Kings Road

The church was built in 1895 and contained a single 15 cwt bell cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough in 1902. The church was closed in the 1980s and converted to flats with the existing church hall continuing as the church. The bell has been removed and apparently is now hung in a private residence in Warwickshire.

St Mark, Leeds Road

The church was consecrated in 1905, but the tower was never built. There is a small bell at the east end of the north aisle.

St Robert’s Roman Catholic Church

The bell in St Robert’s was originally in St Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds and was moved here in 1980 when the octave from St Francis Holbeck was transferred to the cathedral.

West Park Chapel (United Reformed)

When the old St John’s chapel in High Harrogate was demolished, all the fittings including the bell were sold to the Congregationalist Church who used them in their new West Park Chapel.

The bell remains there today and is hung for full-circle ringing.

West Park Chapel

Grove House

Grove House on Skipton Road was developed by the inventor and sometime mayor of Harrogate, Samson Fox. It later served as an orphanage and then a residential care home for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB). At one time there was a clock chime of five bells cast by Gillett & Co of Croydon. The two largest bells now form part of a peal of six bells at St Giles, Imber in Wlitshire: 2-0-16 in F# (cast 1888) and 2-1-15 in E (cast 1890).

Grove House, Harrogate

Market Hall

The former market hall in Cambridge Street had a clock tower with a single bell. It was demolished in 1991 to make way for the Victoria Shopping Centre.

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