Defunct African and Mideastern tower bell instruments

Some carillons in Africa or the Mideast have been destroyed or lost.  There are no data pages for such sites, so they cannot be indexed in the same manner as extant instruments.  Hence this page.

The lists below present, in appropriate orders, the original locations of such instruments, without distinction between traditional and non-traditional mechanisms.  The final section presents similar information about chime-sized installations.

DEFUNCT:

Carillons which no longer exist are listed in order by city name:

Christ Church Cathedral, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Some time after the Cathedral was built (1873-80), the Warner foundry constructed a 25-bell carillon for it, and used illustrations of the bells in their frame in advertisements of the foundry.  However, surviving evidence in the bell tower of the cathedral shows that the carillon could never have been installed as designed, as the tall narrow tower was too small for it.  Only pieces of some of the carillon's frame are now in place, carrying a half dozen of the original bells.  It is presumed that the other bells were distributed to other churches in the same country.

RELOCATIONS:

Instruments which have been relocated are listed in order by city name:

Ste.Marcienne, Algiers, Algeria
In 1932, Paccard cast a 24- or 25-bell carillon for this church, and equipped it with a baton keyboard.  In 1982, these bells were "repatriated" to Narbonne, France, where they were combined with older bells to form a slightly larger carillon.

CHIMES:

Chime-sized instruments which no longer exist are listed in order by city name:

All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, Khartoum, Sudan
In 1930/31, Whitechapel cast an octave (tenor 1500 lbs in F) for the old cathedral building near the presidential palace grounds.  It is known to have been in use during World War II.  In 1971, the Sudanese government confiscated the cathedral building (forcing the Anglicans to move elsewhere), destroyed the tower, and turned the remainder of the building into a museum.  It is not known whether any of the bells have survived.

NOTE: Sites for which no database identification is listed are the only ones in their respective cities in the database.  Thus their identification follows the standard model.


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