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Nationalist & Leinster Times

20 March 1926


This article appeared in the Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times: 20 March 1926

Dedication of New Bells in St. Mary’s Church, Carlow

A solemn religious ceremony was held in St. Mary’s Church, Carlow, on Sunday, 14th inst., when a peal of 8 tubular bells was dedicated to the Bishop of Ossory at morning service to the memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Browne-Clayton, Brown’s Hill, Carlow. The bells are a gift from the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Browne-Clayton. There was a large congregation present at the service. Canon Ridgeway officiated, and the Bishop preached and celebrated Holy Communion.

The Church is exactly 200 years built this year. On July 18th, 1726, the Right Rev. Joshua Hart, Lord Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, was present at a Vestry meeting in Carlow. His Lordship then proposed that as the parish church was in "a decayed and ruinous condition",  it should be pulled down and rebuilt forthwith. The Bishop informed the Vestry that “he had obtained from several worthy gentlemen voluntary subscriptions to the value of three hundred and thirty nine pounds” towards the work of rebuilding. The work  was at once undertaken, and Win. Browne, Esq., was nominated Treasurer of the Fund.

This gentleman was ancestor of the donors of the new peal of bells. He carried out the work of collecting funds and paying the tradesmen's accounts. His balance sheet, most beautifully written, is incorporated in the Vestry Minute Book, which dates back to 1666. The structure, then erected, continued for a century without additions. In 1830, the Church was re-roofed, and the present beautiful spire, designed by Thomas Cobden, an eminent architect, was added. The Rector in 1726 was the Rev. Richard Grantham, and the Trustees of the building fund were, the aforementioned Win. Browne, Esq., Browne’s Hill; Philip Bernard, Esq., Straw Hall, and Major Achilles La Columbine, one of the Huguenots, who had settled in what was then called Catherlogh.

The new bells were founded and hung by Messrs. Harrington and Holland, of Coventry.

Carloviana 1994/1995

Nationalist & Leinster Times 1926

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