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St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

St. Mark’s, the oldest Anglican Church building in continuous use in Ontario, was built in 1805. In 1877, six bells were installed by Meneely & Company, West Troy, New York; that foundry added three bells to form a nine-bell chime in 1917. After a long period of planning and development of the future concept for a renovated and enlarged chime, the existing bells were removed to our foundry for tuning. As the process of refining the concept and developing the funding for the project continued, the nearly-new 1 1/2 octave baton chime keyboard formerly built and installed by us with our 19-bell chime at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ooltewah, Tennessee became available, as plans there were made to add bells to form a 26-bell carillon, for which we would build a new carillon keyboard. The transfer of this keyboard to play the St. Mark’s chime was finalized, and this meant that the master plan of increasing the chime to a comprehensive 18 bells could go forward. Besides tuning the Meneely bells, we cast nine new bells for the chime, and built all new carillon-type radial action, provided new clappers and fittings for all the bells, and new swinging hardware for the Meneely tenor bell of 1,245 lbs. We completed the installation of the enlarged chime in April of 2007, and it was rededicated in a special Evensong service on April 15th, for which Richard Watson gave a recital. This chime is also fitted with our electro-pneumatic playing system, and sounds the Westminster and hour strike, and plays appropriate hymns in the morning, at midday, and in the evening each day. (http://stmarks1792.com/)

St. Mark’s Church --- Chime Rededication Day, April 15, 2007
Bells are loaded on our Trailer for Transport to the Foundry for Tuning
The Tenor Bell is Tuned on our larger Tuning Machine
A view into the tenor bell on our foundry floor showing finished machining for tuning
The baton keyboard transferred from St. Francis, Ooltewah