WESTMINSTER
FORTNUM & MASON'S STORE,
PICCADILLY

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17 bells
Bass: 3-0-11 in G
Retuning: Never subsequently retuned
Frame: 1962 Mears & Stainbank (4 tiers)
Clock and Tune Chime
Grid Ref: TQ292804
Sound clip of the 2nd quarter chime

The Editor hopes to put a short video up on this page to show the performance of these figures in due course.

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

0-0-23 8" G

1962

Mears & Stainbank

2

0-0-26 9" F sharp

1962

Mears & Stainbank

3

0-1-6 9" F

1962

Mears & Stainbank

4

0-1-3 9" E

1962

Mears & Stainbank

5

0-1-13 10" D

1962

Mears & Stainbank

6

0-1-22 11" C sharp

1962

Mears & Stainbank

7

0-2-1 11" C

1962

Mears & Stainbank

8

0-2-11 12" B

1962

Mears & Stainbank

9

0-2-5 12" B flat

1962

Mears & Stainbank

10

0-2-14 13" A

1962

Mears & Stainbank

11

0-2-27 14" G

1962

Mears & Stainbank

12

0-3-3 14" F sharp

1962

Mears & Stainbank

13

0-3-22 15 F

1962

Mears & Stainbank

14

0-3-21 15" E

1962

Mears & Stainbank

15

1-1-5 17" D

1962

Mears & Stainbank

16

1-2-11 19" C

1962

Mears & Stainbank

17

3-0-11 24" G

1962

Mears & Stainbank

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LONDON

 

HISTORY

1962 A chime of 17 bells was cast by Mears & Stainbank (June 1962) and installed in a case outside the Fortnum & Mason's shop. They were installed in a 4-tier frame with the tenor in the bottom tier. The clock chimes the Cambridge quarters and hour. The clock's two pavilions are cast in solid bronze and have additional clock faces on their outward facing sides. At the front there are hinged doors which open every hour. Through these appear figures of the store's founders, Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason, each about four feet high. As the clock chimes the hour, the figures move forward, turn towards each other and bow. At the end of the chime an eighteenth century air is played on seventeen bells. The airs include The Lass with the Delicate Air, the mignon Gavotte and the Princess Gavotte. As each tune nears its end the two figures bow to each other once again and return to their respective pavilions.

GALLERY

Bells on the top tier.

Bells on the 3rd tier up.

Bells on the bottom tier, including the tenor in the middle.

Bells on the bottom tier, including the bass in the middle.

The 3rd tier up from the side.

Another view of the bottom tier from the side. The window to the road is to the right.

The middle two tiers. The mechanics of the electric clock. The control panel for the 17 pairs of solenoids.
 
The tune machine that plays the airs. The two figures emerging from the clock.