NW Tower Bells

Overview

The North West tower of York Minster contains 6 bells used to play the quarter chimes (15,30,45 and on the hour) between 8am and 8pm each day.

In addition, it also contains ‘Great Peter’, used to chime the hour, and manually swung immediately prior to the 10am Sunday Service.

The Queen Mother clock bells

Each bell was cast by Taylor’s of Loughborough, details as follows:

Bell Date Weight Note
Quarter Bells
Treble 2000 13-1-23 (679kg) G
Inscription: “TO CELEBREATE THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. CAST IN THE CENTENARY YEAR OF HER BIRTH 2000 A.D. GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF YORK.”
2nd 2000 17-3-07 (905kg) F
Inscription: TO CELEBREATE THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. CAST IN THE CENTENARY YEAR OF HER BIRTH 2000 A.D. GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF NORTH YORKSHIRE.”
3rd 2000 25-1-18 (1291kg) Eb
Inscription: TO CELEBREATE THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. CAST IN THE CENTENARY YEAR OF HER BIRTH 2000 A.D. GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE.”
4th 2000 30-0-03 (1525kg) D
Inscription: TO CELEBREATE THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. CAST IN THE CENTENARY YEAR OF HER BIRTH 2000 A.D. GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF WEST YORKSHIRE.”
5th 2000 41-1-12 (2101kg) C
Inscription: TO CELEBREATE THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. CAST IN THE CENTENARY YEAR OF HER BIRTH 2000 A.D. GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF THE EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE.”
6th 2000 60-1-17 (3069kg) Bb
Inscription: TO CELEBREATE THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. CAST IN THE CENTENARY YEAR OF HER BIRTH 2000 A.D. GIVEN BY THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF YORK MINSTER, THE FRIENDS OF YORK MINSTER AND THE YORK MINSTER FUND.”
Hour Bell
Great Peter 1927 216-2-22 (11,009kg)
Inscription: “SANCTI PETRI APOSTOLI CAMPANA MAGNA VOCOR ITERVM FVSA A.D. MCMXXVII”. (I AM CALLED THE GREAT BELL OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE; RECAST 1927).