E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image The Bells of Saint Mary's

The Bells of Saint Mary's

This information is from the church website :-

Yes, these are the bells which inspired the song made famous by Bing Crosby in the film The Bells of St Mary's. The tune was originally written by the Australian composer A Emmett Adams and the lyrics by Douglas Furber, when they heard the bells ringing during 1914. It was introduced into the United States in 1917 and ever since has been the college song of the New York State Maritime College.

The peal now consists of ten bells. Originally it was an octave, cast at John Taylor's Foundry in Loughborough, given in memory of Robert Wingrove by his widow Mary Ann Wingrove in 1913, and a further two were added in 1934.  They were brought to St Mary's from the Docks railway station in a horse-drawn procession. The bells were severely damaged in the air raid on Southampton in June 1940, and had to be recast and rehung in a new frame. The new ring of ten bells was consecrated in 1948.

A much more detailed history and technical description of the bells can be downloaded from here (a pdf file)

The Church of St Mary is in the Saint Mary's area of Southampton, Hampshire. I took this picture on the evening of 13th December, just before going into the church for our children's school carol service. This is their school's Parish Church, with links going back several hundred years.


I may not be online much between now and the New Year, we have visitors. I'll drop by when I can.

I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas.

I hope the gifts you give are appreciated, and those you receive are "what you've always wanted".

I hope you enjoy a feast of your favourite foods, and drinks too, with family and friends to share your pleasure.


my vfxy

The Bells of Saint Mary's

This information is from the church website :-

Yes, these are the bells which inspired the song made famous by Bing Crosby in the film The Bells of St Mary's. The tune was originally written by the Australian composer A Emmett Adams and the lyrics by Douglas Furber, when they heard the bells ringing during 1914. It was introduced into the United States in 1917 and ever since has been the college song of the New York State Maritime College.

The peal now consists of ten bells. Originally it was an octave, cast at John Taylor's Foundry in Loughborough, given in memory of Robert Wingrove by his widow Mary Ann Wingrove in 1913, and a further two were added in 1934.  They were brought to St Mary's from the Docks railway station in a horse-drawn procession. The bells were severely damaged in the air raid on Southampton in June 1940, and had to be recast and rehung in a new frame. The new ring of ten bells was consecrated in 1948.

A much more detailed history and technical description of the bells can be downloaded from here (a pdf file)

The Church of St Mary is in the Saint Mary's area of Southampton, Hampshire. I took this picture on the evening of 13th December, just before going into the church for our children's school carol service. This is their school's Parish Church, with links going back several hundred years.


I may not be online much between now and the New Year, we have visitors. I'll drop by when I can.

I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas.

I hope the gifts you give are appreciated, and those you receive are "what you've always wanted".

I hope you enjoy a feast of your favourite foods, and drinks too, with family and friends to share your pleasure.


my vfxy

comments (13)

  • Mal
  • 25 Dec 2006, 00:34
Lovely image Ellie! A very very merry chrimbo to you. Mal
  • Elsie
  • 25 Dec 2006, 01:26
This is beautiful Ellie. Lighting is spectacular. Merry Christmas smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 25 Dec 2006, 03:08
I think bells will be chiming today all over the world, Ellie. It's a holy day for all of Christendom! Merry Christmas.

(Is that a wee Celtic cross on the right rooftop?)
  • chris p
  • Isle of Wight
  • 25 Dec 2006, 10:29
Lovely capture Ellie...Merry Christmas, Chris
Very nice capture Ellie, good use of lighting on the tower and nicely composed. As always a very informative write up. Warmest wishes, Neil.
nice one Ellie and very good for xmas ! MERRY CHRISTMAS ELLIE
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Dec 2006, 22:22
This is a great photo, Ellie. Nice angle, use of available light etc. And an informative blog as well.

You guys with your ages old history (giving roots) sometimes have me jealous.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 25 Dec 2006, 23:49
lovely shot Ellie and nice aussie connection. hope you had a very enjoyable christmas day.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ellie! Thanks for the beautiful photo of the Saint Mary's bells...it's fabulous and I'm enjoying it so much on this Christmas evening smile Blessings to you and yours!
  • Urv
  • 27 Dec 2006, 02:00
I hope your Christmas was lovely as well!
Hi Ellie smile
A nice day today because I'm going to visit your last posts and I must say that it begins very well with this nice shot : Lights and angle of view are wonderful !
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 29 Dec 2006, 00:25
This is a really nice night shot! The composition is just right and I like that you get enough light on the lower part of the building to show the structure.
  • Ibrahim
  • Sao Paulo-Brazil
  • 22 Feb 2007, 12:05
Wow! Nicely taken!

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