The other day I took my sister-in-law to Lawrence for jury duty. Not wanting to hang around the city for hours on end I decided to take a ride to nearby Andover. I had no place in mind but if I saw something interesting I had my camera to help pass the time. Traveling along route 28 I pass the beautiful grounds of Phillips Academy and see a spire that looked very familiar. After closer examination it was a steeple without a building! Now there's the Washington Monument and the Tower of Pisa but this tower looked very much like the steeple of Gloucester's 205 year old Unitarian Universalist Church or as we call it "The U-U Church"! This tower is named "The Memorial Tower" and was dedicated in 1923 to the students and graduates of Phillips Academy who died during World War I. Now here's where the Gloucester connection comes to play.
The tower contains a carillon, Gloucester's Our Lady of Good Voyage Church also contains a carillon, the oldest in the country.
Originally, the 157 foot Memorial Bell Tower was to hold a set of bells to chime the hours, not a carillon. But, during construction, school officials went to Gloucester to hear the bells of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. They were so taken with the Gloucester carillon they decided to add one to Andover's tower!
Memorial Bell Tower
Top of the tower.
The grounds of Phillips Academy.
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
Our Lady bell towers.
The "U-U Church
From the harbor.
Sunset from Wonson Cove.
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!