MISSION CITY : CANADA - BC

*Location:

   Pfitzer Memorial Bell Tower
   Westminster Abbey (St.Joseph's)
   Dewdney Trunk Road nr Goundry Street
   Mission City, British Columbia, Canada
   LL: N 49.15357, W 122.27033
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*Contact:

   Fr. Alban
   - or -
   Ringing Master
   Westminster Abbey
   34224 Dewdney Trunk Road
   Mission, BC  V2V 4J2
   Ph: (604)826-8975

*Schedule:

  (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Reports of origin as 8 bells are not
   correct.  The bells were ordered in
   1948, cast & delivered in 1951, hung
   in a temporary tower and only chimed
   until hung in the present tower (and
   dedicated) in 1956.  Sometimes
   reported as MISSION alone (no CITY),
   referring to the entire District.

*Technical data:

   Ring of 10 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ROPE  /    NONE  
   There are no added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1956
     with bells made by Whitechapel 
   Year of latest technical information source is 2001

*Links:

The Website for the District of Mission includes the Abbey's bell tower in the opening photomontage.  On the History page (found under the City Hall menu) is an explanation of how the District includes what was once known (and still appears on some maps) as Mission City.

local elementary school project provides another view with a different bit of history. The last photo on another page about the school shows the tower in its environment.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Whitechapel bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American rings by pitch/weight.
Ranking among all North American rings by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American rings by year of completion.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).

Index to all tower bell instruments in BC.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 17-Aug-06
   based on textual data last updated on 2006/08/02
   and on technical data last updated on 2001/04/27


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