The Church Bells of the City of London

ST ANDREW, HOLBORN

Photo DrL 25th Nov 2006
8 bells hung for ringing
Weight: 18-1-21 in F
Grid Ref: TQ315815
Tuning: Never subsequently retuned
Frame: 1961 Mears & Stainbank
Upstairs ringing room.
Peals
Further reading
"St Andrew's, Holborn" by William T Cook. RW 5th May 1972

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

5-1-0 28" F

1961

Mears & Stainbank

2

5-2-5 29" E

1961

Mears & Stainbank

3

6-1-1 31" D

1961

Mears & Stainbank

4

7-2-18 33" C

1961

Mears & Stainbank

5

8-1-8 35" B flat

1961

Mears & Stainbank

6

9-2-24 37" A

1961

Mears & Stainbank

7

12-1-20 41" G

1961

Mears & Stainbank

8

18-1-21 46" F

1961

Mears & Stainbank
1. R PHELPS FECIT 1731

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3. R. PHELPS FECIT 1731

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4. R : PHELPS MADE ME 1731

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5. MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

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EDWIN CURTIS BEDFORD, M.A. RECTOR

FREDERICK EDWARD DAVIS
FREDERICK STANLEY BREWER WALTERS
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SYDNEY PITT VESTRY CLERK

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MEARS LONDON

6. RICHARD PHELPS FECIT 1731

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8. MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

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The inscriptions on the former 1731 bells were reproduced in facsimile.

EARLIER BELLS

Bell

Weight
(on scrapping 1960)

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder Founder

1

6cwt approx. 31" D flat

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1961

2

7 cwt approx. 32" C

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1961

3

8-0-2 34" B flat

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1961

4

9-1-21 37" A flat

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1961

5

11-3-7 G flat

1920

Mears & Stainbank Recast 1961

6

13-1-3 43" F

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1961

7

18-2-4 48" E flat

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1961

8

26-3-2 D flat

1920

Mears & Stainbank Recast 1961

Clock

4 cwt approx. 26"

1587

Robert Mot Destroyed

The tenor was weighed as 26-3-5 in 1920 when it was cast.
The treble and 2nd together weighed 13-0-8 when scrapped, although were never weighed individually.
The diameters came from Walters.

1. R PHELPS FECIT 1731
 
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3. R PHELPS FECIT 1731
 
4. R PHELPS FECIT 1731
 
5. MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

RECAST 1920

EDWIN CURTIS BEDFORD, M.A. RECTOR

FREDERICK EDWARD DAVIS
FREDERICK STANLEY BREWER WALTERS
} CHURCHWARDENS
SYDNEY PITT VESTRY CLERK
6. RICHARD PHELPS FECIT 1731
 
7.
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8. MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON
 
C.
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Prior to 1920, the 5th and tenor were as follows:

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder Founder

5

12 cwt approx. 41" G flat

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1921

8

27 cwt approx. 54" D flat

1731

Richard Phelps Recast 1921
5. R PHELPS FECIT 1731
 
8.
RICHARD PHELPS MADE ME 1731. MESSRS ROBERT WADDILOVE JOSHUA COX CHURCH WARDENS.
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There was a single dot under the superscript on the old tenor.

HISTORY

1447

Tower built.

1457 Four bells installed in the tower.
1506 One of the 4 bells was recast.
1529 Bells recast by Thomas Lawrence into a new ring of 4, tenor 18-0-13.
1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower.
1566 One of the bells was recast.
1567 Another bell was recast.
1587 All the bells were recast with extra metal by Robert Mot to create a ring of 8 bells, tenor 28-2-7. A Sanctus bell was also cast - which was to remain in the tower until 1941.
1667 The church escaped the Great Fire of London.
1684-92 The church was rebuilt by Wren, although part of the old tower was left.
1709 Record of 6 bells in the tower (Paterson) "and two more intended".
1731 Bells recast into a ring of 8 bells by Richard Phelps.
1920 The 5th and tenor were recast by Mears & Stainbank when the bells were rehung with new fittings in a new iron frame at a total cost of 515.
1941 The church was gutted in an air raid. The bells had been left up and were heard to ring down as the church was burning. They were left hanging, cracked in the tower until they were replaced 20 years later.
1961 The old bells were recast into a lighter ring of 8 by Mears & Stainbank and were rung for the reopening of the church in this year.

GALLERY

Photo DrL 25th Nov 2006 Photo DrL 25th Nov 2006
The church in 1838 The 7th in the foreground and tenor behind it. The treble in the belfry.