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The Catholic Cathedral Church of St.Anne, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
N 53° 48.047 W 001° 32.821
30U E 595693 N 5962335
Quick Description: This city centre Roman Catholic Cathedral has a fine ring of eight bells.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/10/2013 12:53:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMGBKB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Construction of the present Cathedral began in the autumn of 1901 and was completed in the early part of 1904. It replaced a smaller building which was not far away and also dedicated to St.Anne. The task of designing Leeds’ new Cathedral was given to a London architect, John Henry Eastwood (1843-1913), who had been born near Leeds. He in turn engaged the services of a talented assistant, Sydney Kyffin Greenslade (1866-1955). Together they produced an outstanding design in the Arts and Crafts neo-Gothic style with an unusual layout to accommodate the Cathedral’s relatively small city centre site.

For a full history see:- St.Anne's, Leeds

The first St Anne's Church was built in 1837-8 was fitted with a clock and may well have contained a bell. It became the Cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Leeds in 1878.

The new cathedral had a single bell which did service until 1980 when the present ring of eight bells were transferred from the redundant, and now demolished, church of St Francis of Assisi in Holbeck. The single bell was transferred to St Robert's Roman Catholic Church in Harrogate. There is no clock in the present tower.

The Holbeck eight were originally cast by Murphy of Dublin but were recast by Taylors of Loughborough in 1952 and are complete with 1952 Taylor frame and fittings taken from Holbeck. The transfer work was carried out by Eayre and Smith in 1980.

The bells range in weight from the tenor, no.8, at 472kg and sounding the note Ab, to the lightest, the treble, also sounding Ab but an octave above the tenor, and weighing 156.5kg. For further information see:- Dove's guide

The bells are rung regularly and the practice night is Thusday.

Address of Tower:
Leeds Cathedral
Great George Street
Leeds, West Yorkshire UK
LS2 8BE


Still Operational: yes

Number of bells in tower?: 8

Rate tower:

Tours or visits allowed in tower?: Unknown

Relevant website?: Not listed

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