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Lunenburg in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
 

The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen

 
 
The Jessen Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
1. The Jessen Bell Marker
Inscription.  

This bell hung in the tower of St. John's since 1814 and served as the tolling bell for over 185 years. It was cast at the Whitechapel Foundry in London, England. On November 1, 2001, fire ravished through the Church, destroying the tower and damaging the bell, making it no longer usable as a working tolling bell.

Christopher Jessen, a leading citizen of Lunenburg who held many positions during his lifetime including that of Justice of the Peace and Member of the House of Assembly, presented it to the Church on August 9, 1814. Mr. Jessen, then on his deathbed, had requested the presence of the Rector and Wardens of St. John's at his house and addressed them as follows: "The kind providence of God has been pleased to spare my life till this happy moment, wherein I have it in my power to manifest my love and high regard for the Established Church, in this place, by presenting it with a bell for the steeple... With these, the few last breaths of life, I pray the Peace of God upon you, that when you hear the bell performing its duty in calling you to assemble at the house of God to worship Him, you may remember the prayer of this your

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brother and fellow member of this Church."

Sadly, Mr. Jessen never had the opportunity to hear his bell ring. He died on August 12, 1814, at the age of 84. Mr. Jessen was buried beneath this church.

Dedicated June 12, 2005
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Cette cloche a été suspendue dans la tour de St-John's depuis 1814 et a sonné pendant plus de 185 ans. Elle a été moulée à la fonderie de Whitechapel à Londres en Angleterre. Le 1er novembre 2001, un feu a ravagé l'église et a détruit la tour. À la même occasion, la cloche a été endommagée ce qui l'a rendue inutilisable.

Christopher Jessen, un citoyen influent de Lunenburg, qui a occupé de nombreuses fonctions au cours de sa vie, incluant celle de juge de la paix et membre de la chambre d'assemblée avait offert cette cloche à l'église le 9 août 1814. M. Jessen était alors sur son lit de mort et a demandé la visite du recteur membre de l'église et des marguilliers de St John's à venir chez lui. Il leur a adressé les paroles suivantes : "Il a plu à la douce providence de Dieu de me permettre de vivre jusqu'à cet heureux moment où j'ai la possibilité de manifester mon amour et ma grande estime pour notre sainte église et de lui offrir une cloche pour le clocher...Par les derniers souffles de ma vie, je prie

La Cloche Jessen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
2. La Cloche Jessen Marker
pour que la paix de Dieu soit avec vous et qu'en entendant le son de cette cloche vous appelant pour vous assemblez dans la maison de Dieu pour le vénérer, vous vous rappellerez la prière de votre frère et membre de cette église".

Malheureusement, M. Jessen n'a jamais eu l'opportunité d'entendre sa cloche sonner. Il est décédé le 12 août 1814 à l'âge de 84 ans. M. Jessen est entrerré en-dessous de cette église.

Dédié Le 12 juin, 2005
 
Erected 2005 by St. John's Anglican Church.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionDisastersMan-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Historic Bells series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 9, 1814.
 
Location. 44° 22.69′ N, 64° 18.697′ W. Marker is in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in Lunenburg County. Marker is at the intersection of Cornwallis Street and Cumberland Street, on the right when traveling north on Cornwallis Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: St John's Anglican Church Grounds, Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. John's Anglican Church / Église Anglicane St. John (here, next to this marker); 1753 Open-Air Protestant Interfaith Church Services (a few steps from this marker); The Fire / Le Feu (a few steps

The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen and Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
3. The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen and Markers
from this marker); St. John's Anglican Church / L'église anglicane St. John's (within shouting distance of this marker); Koch-Solomon House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John's Parish Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Finck-Holder House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lennox Tavern (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lunenburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dettlieb Christopher Jessen Bio. (Submitted on January 8, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. St. John's Anglican Church. (Submitted on January 9, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen Detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
4. The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen Detail
The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen Detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
5. The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 9, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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