The Church Bells of the City of London

ALL HALLOWS STAINING, Mark Lane

Photo DrL 15th Aug 2001

Formerly 6 bells
Tenor: 8-2-21 in A
Church demolished in 1870 leaving the tower.
Bells removed 1890, 5 were recast and hung at St Paul's, Homerton and now hang at Stone-by-Dartford, Kent. 1 is on display in the Grocers' Hall.

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

3-1-2 24" F sharp

1697

James Bartlett

2

3-2-26 25" E

1607

Joseph Carter

3

4 cwt approx. 27" D

1458

Mechelen Foundry

4

5-2-10 30" C sharp

1682

James Bartlett

5

6-1-0 32" B

1682

James Bartlett

6

8-2-21 36" A

1647

Anthony Barlett
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1458

Bell cast by the Mechelen Foundry, Belgium.

1492

Churchwardens Accounts mention a Sanctus bell.

1509

Churchwardens Accounts report that the Great Bell was recast.

1552

Record of 4 bells, a Sanctus and a clock in the tower.

1579

Churchwardens Accounts report that a new 2nd bell was cast by Robert Mot weighing 3-1-6.

1583-4

Churchwardens Accounts report that a small broken bell of 78 lbs was replaced with a larger one of 118 lbs.

1592

Churchwardens Accounts report that a bell was recast by Robert Mot.

1607

Bell (re)cast by Joseph Carter.

1610

Payment was made to "Mr Lamb the Bell founder".

1647

Bell (re)cast by Anthony Bartlett.

1666

Church survived the Great Fire.

1682

2 bells (re)cast by James Bartlett.

1697

Bell (re)cast by James Bartlett.

1708

Record of "Six bells to ring in peal, besides a small one".

1824

Record of six bells and a small one.

1870

Church demolished except for the tower and crypt. Parish united with that of St Olave, Hart Street.

1890

Bells removed from the tower. All except the 3rd were recast by Mears & Stainbank to the order of the Grocers' Company (the Patrons) who had built a replacement church of St Paul at Homerton. A new 3rd was substituted and the whole ring hung in the new tower. The Belgian bell was stored for some years in the Finsbury Pantechnicon but later set up at the Grocers' Hall.

1968

The Belgian bell was cracked in a fire that destroyed the Grocers' Hall but it was subsequently welded and restored.

1983

The six bells were removed from St Paul, Homerton and put into storage with a view to installing them at St Anne's, Limehouse. In the event, Limehouse received its bells from St Peter, Walworth, so they remained in storage under the care of the Keltek Trust.

2000 The bells were offered to St Nicholas, Deptford by the Keltek Trust.
2005 The Kent CA bought the 6 Homerton bells from the Keltek Trust and keep them in Trust for the church pending the launch of an appeal to augment them to 8 and hang them in a new frame in the tower.
2007 A change in management at St Nicholas, Deptford led to disinterest in the bells, so the bells were reacquired by the Keltek Trust.
2010 The bells were tuned ready to be hung in Stone-by-Dartford.  It was clear that the tenor was inferior to the rest with a large porous patch in the waist that was visible inside and out!  It was therefore recast.  The bells were hung at Stone the following year.
The tower has been cleared of the frame and new floors have been put in. It is now a part of St Olave's (Hart Street) Church Hall.

THE BELLS FOR ST PAUL, HOMERTON

Bell Weight
(as supplied
to Homerton)
Weight
(as received by
Whitechapel)
Weight
(supplied
to Stone)
Diameter Note Cast Founder
1 4-0-3 4-0-0 3-2-10 257/16" F sharp 1890 Mears & Stainbank
2 4-2-14 4-1-26 4-0-7 2613/16" E 1890 Mears & Stainbank
3 5-0-1 4-3-27 4-1-22 28⅝" D 1890 Mears & Stainbank
4 5-2-12 5-2-10 5-0-2 29⅞" C sharp 1890 Mears & Stainbank
5 6-3-9 6-3-8 6-1-12 3215/16" B 1890 Mears & Stainbank
6 8-1-9 8-1-8 7-1-27 35⅞" A 1890 Mears & Stainbank (recast 2010)
The cost of the bells, frame and fittings was 223 10s. They hung in a large timber belfry perched in a central position on top of the nave roof.

GALLERY

Photo DrL 4th Dec 2002 Photo DLC
The former 3rd from the Mechelen Foundry on display in the Grocers' Hall.

The old 4th in 1968 shortly after the fire that cracked it.