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What a Carrillon

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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 48

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.


Perched high above Bond Street is London’s only carillon, and one of only around fifteen in the UK.  There are 23 bells squeezed into this beautiful but narrow spire.


It is known as the Atkinsons Carillon and you’ll find it above 24 Old Bond Street, the former home of Atkinsons perfumers.  The building was designed by Vincent Harris and was erected in 1926.


The carillon itself was built by Gillett and Johnston in 1927 and is a chromatic two octave instrument with a bass bell of 12-0-16 in G#.  The key thing about a carillon is that it is operated remotely.  This one is played from a clavier in the loft of the building, at…

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