The Church Bells of the City of London

ST BOTOLPH-WITHOUT-ALDERSGATE

Photo DrL May 2001
1 bell plus small bell
Tenor: 12-0-14 in G (794Hz)
Larger bell in belfry.
Smaller bell in turret over cupola.
Never subsequently retuned
Frame timber probably c.1796
Formerly a ring of 5 prior to 1790.

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

12-0-14 41" G

1847

Charles & George Mears

Sanctus

2 cwt approx. 22"  

1755

Lester & Pack
1. C&G MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON
RECAST 1847. REV. W.C.E. WEBBER INCUMBENT

FRANCIS BAYLEY
JOSEPH DODMAN

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CHURCH WARDENS

S 1755
 

HISTORY

1552

Record of "iij (?) bells & a sayntes bell" (i.e. 3 bells and a sanctus)

1627

Old church repaired and a large portion of the steeple rebuilt.

1666

Church slightly damaged in the Great Fire.

1708

Record of "5 bells to ring in a Peal".

1714

Paterson notes "five bells".

1755

Bell cast.

1790

Church pulled down and a new one erected at a cost of 10,000, by Nathaniel Wright.

1796

Church rebuilt.

1847

The single bell was recast by Whitechapel and the Sanctus was refitted.

1847

23rd Aug

Whitechapel Daybook records "Churchwardens of St.Botolph, Aldersgate Street. By old bell 11-3-21, less 14 staple and dirt, 11-3-7 nett @ 4/4/2 49.12.3

1847

1st Dec

Bell 12-0-14 76.7.9, clapper, stock wheel ironwork stay and slider, stock and ironwork complete and roller for a 22 Inch Bell 11.10.0, 1 bell rope 2.2.0"

1897

28th Apr

F.C. Eeles records two bells: one (the small one) on top of the steeple, the other in the tower.

c.1996

 

A major restoration took place in the church and the service bell was rehung dead in its frame to allow it to be rung with an internal hammer.

Photo DrL 25th Jan 2007 Photo DrL 25th Jan 2007 Photo DrL 25th Jan 2007
The larger bell.    
Photo DrL 25th Jan 2007 Photo DrL 25th Jan 2007
  Looking up to the smaller bell.