LOWELL - STP : USA - MA

*Location:

   St.Patrick's RC Church
   Suffolk Street at Fenwick Terrace
   Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.64545, W 71.31833
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*Player:

   Jim Fitzgerald
   850 Princeton Boulevard
   Lowell, MA  01851-2017
   H: (978)441-9259

*Contact:

   St.Patrick's Rectory
   282 Suffolk Street
   Lowell, MA  01854-4250
   T: (978)459-0561   F: (978)446-0266
   E: stpatricklowell@comcast.net
   - or -
   Dave McKeon, Archivist
   1 Benrus Street
   Nashua, NH  03060-5322
   H: (603)888-6155

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Original chime by Stuckstede was made
   for Rev.M.O'Brien, Rector, with added
   semitones flat 7th, sharp 4th & its
   octave, sharp octave; swinging bells
   were C,E,G,C.  Those bells destroyed by
   fire in 1904.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D E   /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1906
     with bells made by Meneely/Troy
   Prior history:
     In 1890, a complete instrument of 17 bells was installed
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1994
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website has a photo of the tower.  A downloadable document about the parish history mentions the Meneely bells installed in the rebuilt church, oddly giving their number as 13; but it does not mention the original chime.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the first Stuckstede bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) bellfoundry.

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 MA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 19-Mar-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/03/17
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/03/17
*Photos:

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