The Church Bells of the City of London

ST BOTOLPH-WITHOUT-BISHOPSGATE

Photo DrL Dec 2002

8 bells
Tenor: 17-1-6 in D
Frame: 1992 John Taylor & Co.
Retuned: 1992 John Taylor & Co
Upstairs ringing room
PEALS

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight
(before retuning 1992)

Weight
(following retuning)

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

6-0-12 5-3-10 31" D

1782

Patrick & Osborn

2

6-1-17 6-0-26 31" C sharp

1782

Patrick & Osborn

3

7-1-25 7-1-14 33" B

1782

Patrick & Osborn

4

8-0-25 7-3-24 35" A

1782

Patrick & Osborn

5

9-3-4 9-1-14 38" G

1782

Patrick & Osborn

6

10-3-7 10-3-16 40" F sharp

1782

Patrick & Osborn

7

13-3-8 13-2-4 41" E

1782

Patrick & Osborn

8

18-0-20 17-1-6 48" D

1782

Patrick & Osborn
1. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
THIS PEAL OF BELLS RAISED BY THE VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION OF A FEW
OF THE INHABITANTS WAS FIRST RUNG IN HONOUR OF THE BIRTHDAY OF OUR MOST
GRACIOUS QUEEN CHARLOTTE WHOM GOD PRESERVE.  A. D. 1783.
2. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
 
3. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
 
4. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
 
5. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
 
6. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS.
 
7. PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
JAMES SMITH
THOMAS PROBIN
JOSIAH FOWLER
} OVERSEERS        JAMES SMITH
THOMAS PROBIN
JOSIAH FOWLER
} OVERSEERS
8. WILLIAM CONYBEARE, D.D. RECTOR, WILLIAM COLLIER & ROBERT HEWITT CHURCHWARDENS 1782.
PATRICK & OSBORN OF LONDON FOUNDERS. 1782
 

HISTORY

1552

Record of 3 bells ("iij bells and one bell that the clocke stykth on with a lytle bell").

1666

The church escaped the Great Fire.

1708

Record of "6 bells".

1714

Paterson noted 6 bells in the tower.

1726

There was a vestry resolution that Mr Phelps "should take the old bells ... And cast a new peal of 8, of the sizes of those of St. Magnus, London Bridge".

1728

Church rebuilt.

1782

The bells were again recast, this time by Patrick & Osborn. These were said to be a maiden peal.

1811

Church clock provided by Moore of Clerkenwell (three 8ft dials, chiming).

1836

26th Feb

The Times records "A fine peal of eight, tenor 20 cwt., in E. Sexton the steeple-keeper, appoints a deputy, and at present has a very efficient one."

1890

24th Nov

Church reopened after external restoration.

1905

Bells rehung in a new cast iron frame by Warners.

1929

The fittings were repaired and the frame strengthened by Gillett & Johnston.

1992-3

Bells retuned and rehung lower in the tower by Taylors.

2010

The tenor, which had become cracked, was welded by Soundweld and rehung.

GALLERY

 
Photographs of the removal of the tenor to be welded, 2010. (Photos John Adams)