The Carillon Tower in Queen's Park, Loughborough was built after the First World War as a memorial to the local men who gave their lives while serving their country.
Plans were finalised in 1919 and, when completed in 1923, it was the first grand carillon in England, the concept being associated with Belgium where so many British servicemen lost their lives during the 1914–1918 Great War.
The Carillon was designed by Sir Walter Tapper and was built by William Moss & Sons Ltd of Loughborough.
Construction ended in 1923 and the 46-metre high tower was officially opened on July 22, 1923. The tower houses 47 bells, crafted by John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough and it is a grade two listed building.
Renowned English composer Edward Elgar composed a piece of music called Carillon Chimes specifically for the official opening. The manuscript, donated to Charnwood Borough Council in the 1950s, was rediscovered in 2012.
The Carillon has 47 bells, all of which were cast at John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough, and the tower is now is now a Grade II listed building. There are recitals every Thursday and Sunday from 1pm until 2pm throughout the summer.
The tower is also home to the Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum.
During 2018, a £280,000 conservation project was carried out by the Borough Council, supported by War Memorials Trust.
Activities during the Coronavirus pandemic
The Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum have created an 'Activities Page' on their website so that children can have some Carillon Tower related fun during the coronavirus pandemic, including a cut-out model of the tower. The activities page can be found at www.carillontower.org.uk/things2do.htm.
Last updated: Fri 3rd July, 2020 @ 16:35