Bartletts Solicitors has a longstanding relationship with the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Established in 1877, the Walker Art Gallery houses one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious art collections, featuring beautiful paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
Often referred to as ‘the National Gallery of the North’, the gallery closed temporarily in 1931 to allow an extension to be built. Gifts of £10,000 each from George Audley, FC Bowring and Thomas Bartlett helped pay for the work.
Today, our firm is proud to continue to support the Walker Art Gallery and its collection, which reflects the people of Liverpool’s commitment to and appreciation of the arts.
Where do you think the highest and heaviest collection of church bells are located? Are they in London, Paris or Rome?
All wrong, they are in Liverpool Cathedral, and they have a direct link to Bartletts Solicitors.
Thomas Bartlett was a successful Liverpool businessman who worked from Marldon Chambers where we are based. You might have guessed already from his name that he was a direct relation of our owners. Thomas left money in his will for a ring of 12 bells for the new Cathedral which was under construction.
He died on 4th September 1912, more than a quarter of a century before the bells which bear his name were cast, and 39 years before they were first rung. In accordance with his wishes, his final resting place is in the ringing chamber where his ashes sit in a coffer on a stone plinth.