ST DUNSTAN-IN-THE-WEST, Fleet St
Ring of 10 bells and 2 clock bells Tenor: 10-3-23 in G Frame: Whitechapel 2012 Never subsequently retuned
Upstairs Ringing Room Peals
DETAILS OF THE BELLS
Founder Treble 3-0-12 22⅝" B 2011 Whitechapel 2 3-1-15 23?" A 2011 Whitechapel 3 3-2-20 24⅞" G 2011 Whitechapel 4 3-3-4 25?" F sharp 2011 Whitechapel 5 3-3-22 269/16" D 2011 Whitechapel 6 4-1-15 283/16" E 2011 Whitechapel 7 5-1-18 30?" C 2011 Whitechapel 8 6-0-23 3115/16" B 2011 Whitechapel 9 7-3-19 35" A 2011 Whitechapel Tenor 10-3-23 39? G 2011 Whitechapel Clock 1 ? cwt approx. 14?" E flat 1739 Robert Catlin Clock 2 1 cwt approx. 16" D 1739 Robert Catlin
1 campana vocor ricardi olim cicestrensis episcopi
I WAS GIVEN
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF HARRY AND JOAN BROWN
I MEAN TO MAKE IT UNDERSTOOD
THAT THO' I'M LITTLE YET I'M GOOD
2 georgius anglorum patronus pro fidelibus oro romanianis
THE GIFT OF
BENJAMIN DANIEL CONSTANT
ADAM SIMON GREENLEY
IN MEMORY OF THEIR MOTHERS
GABRIELLE LESLEY CONSTANT
ANN MARY GREENLEY.
3 vocor campana albani, angliae protomartyri
THE GIFT OF
IN MEMORY OF HER PARENTS
ERNEST AND RITA LEA.
4 campana vocor petri westmonasterii patroni
THE GIFT OF
IN MEMORY OF
JONATHAN P. HUGHES
"LET THE BELLS BE RUNG"
5 sancte confessor edwarde dignare pro nobis orare
THE GIFT OF
JOHN N. DUNN
IN MEMORY OF HIS PARENTS
CECIL AND WINIFRED DUNN
6 sum rosa pulsata mundi maria vocata
THE REVD WILLIAM GULLIFORD ? GUILD VICAR
7 vocor campana melliti primi londiniensis episcopi
FUNDING RECEIVED FROM
THE LANDFILL COMMUNITIES FUND.
8 proclamo cum paulo magno vae mihi si non evangelisavero
THE SUPPORT OF
THE SOCIETY OF ROYAL CUMBERLAND YOUTHS
ENSURED THESE BELLS
WILL RING OUT.
9 dulcis sisto melis campana vocor thomae cantuarensis
THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY ASSOCIATION
LONDON DIOCESAN GUILD
OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
HELPED PUT US HERE.
10 campana dvnstani appellor; pro pace et salvtate elizabethae cano
WE TEN BELLS
SUCCEED EIGHT BELLS
REMOVED IN 1969.
WE FIRST RANG TO WELCOME
HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
TO THE CITY OF LONDON
ON HER DIAMOND JUBILEE.
C1 WILLIAMS GIBBON UICAR IOHN COLES WALTER CARTER CH WS J739 C2 WILLIAM GIBBON VICAR IOHN COLES WALTER CARTER CHWS J739
The Names of the Bells:
Each bell is named after a Saint who is connected with the Church, the Parish or London. The Latin inscription at the head of each bell explains the choice of the name. The Latin is translated as follows:
Treble: St Richard ?I am called the bell Richard, once Bishop of Chichester?
The church has an early connection with Chichester.
2nd: St George ?I, George Patron of the English, pray for the Romanian faithful?
The Patron Saint of England and the dedication of the Romanian Orthodox church that uses this building as their UK headquarters.
3rd: St Alban ?I am called Bell Alban, first martyr of England?
The first English Martyr.
4th: St Peter ?I am called the bell of Peter, Patron of Westminster?
The patron of Westminster Abbey. This church stands at the gateway between London and Westminster.
5th: St Edward ?Saint Edward the Confessor, deign to pray for us?
Founder of Westminster Abbey.
6th: St Mary ?I being struck, am called Mary, Rose of the World?
7th: St Mellitus ?I am called Bell Mellitus the first Bishop of London?
The first Bishop of London since the refounding of the diocese.
8th: St Paul ?I proclaim with Great Paul: Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel?
The Patron Saint of our Diocesan Cathedral. This is a direct quotation of the inscription upon Great Paul, the country's second largest bell, which hangs in St Paul's Cathedral.
9th: St Thomas ?I am called the bell Thomas of Canterbury, sweet as a honeypot?
St Thomas forms part of the full title of the dedication of the church.
Tenor: St Dunstan ?I am called the bell of Dunstan: I sing for the health and peace of Elizabeth?
The Patron Saint of this church, and the Patron Saint of Bellfounders. The Latin inscription also contains a clever cipher. Add up all the letters that also represent Roman numbers to find it.
An earlier ring of 6 bells was replaced with a new ring of eight in 1713:
Richard Phelps Recast 1832
1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832
1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832
1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832 5 1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832 6 1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832 7 1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832 Tenor 20 cwt approx. 1713 Richard Phelps Recast 1832
The church was pulled down in 1829 and rebuilt with a new tower and a new ring of eight bells:
4? cwt approx.
Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969
5? cwt approx. 30?" D sharp
Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969
6? cwt approx. 32?" C sharp 1832 Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969
7? cwt approx. 34" B 1832 Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969 5 8? cwt approx. 37?" A 1832 Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969 6 10 cwt approx. 40" G sharp 1832 Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969 7 13 cwt approx. 42?" F sharp 1832 Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969 Tenor 17-0-4 47?" E 1832 Thomas Mears II Scrapped 1969
1 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 2 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 3 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 4 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 5 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 6 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 7 T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1832 8
THIS PEAL OF EIGHT BELLS WERE RECAST ANNO DOMINI 1832
T. MEARS OF LONDON 1832
REVD RICHARD LLOYD RECTOR HENRY BURNELL
JOHN HOPKINS VESTRY CLERK EDWARD WILLIAMS
These were removed in 1969 and replaced with the single bell below:
387/16" G sharp
Mears & Stainbank To be decided
Patronage of the church was given by Richard de Barking, Abbot of Westminster, to King Henry III
Record of 4 large bells and a small bell. "An olde bele weighing 6? cwt sold to Simon Pounder for ?8..16..0."
The church escaped the Great Fire, but only just. The tower was later to contain 6 bells.
The famous clock was made by Thomas Harries. It bears "two figures of savages or wild men well carved in wood and painted natural colours appearing as big as life standing erect with each knotty club in his hand wherewith they alternately strike the quarters, not only their arms, but even their heads moving at every blow."
The 6 bells were recast into a new ring of 8 bells, tenor c. 20 cwt, by Richard Phelps.
Record of 6 bells in the tower (Paterson). This was clearly a mistake.
The first peal of Double Bob Major was rung here, by the Ancient Society of College Youths.
Two new clock bells were supplied.
The old church was pulled down.
The bells and figures were bought by Lord Hertford for ?200 and moved to what was then Lord Aldenham's villa in Regent's Park.
First stone of the new church was laid. The architect was John Shaw. He died before it was completed, so the work was continued by his son. The 90 foot tower is surmounted by a pierced octagonal lantern raising it to 130 feet.
The 8 bells from the old church were recast by Thomas Mears and hung in the new tower.
New church consecrated.
According to the Whitechapel Index Book, "an old London Newspaper" dated 1833 gave the weight of the tenor as 1908 lbs, i.e. 17-0-4.
Tenor bell reported to be cracked. It is unlikely that the bells were rung at all during the 20th Century.
The clock bells and figures were restored to the church, with Mears & Stainbank facilitating the rehanging. Mr A. Hughes from Whitechapel who rehung them, reported them as been very poor bells.
The 8 bells were removed from the tower and scrapped by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The tower was thoroughly cleaned, inside and out, and a single (stock Whitechapel) bell was hung on RSJs, rung with a lever clapper.
Clock bells rehung and shotblasted by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. They hang on wrought ironwork and have only the clubs of the figures and the hour hammer to the largest as fittings. They retain their canons but the cast-in staples are drilled out.
A new ring of 10 bells was cast at Whitechapel.
The new bells were consecrated in the nave by the Bishop of London on 14th March. They were then hung in a new frame, by Whitechapel. The old service bell was removed from the tower, with its fate pending.
The clock bells and figures hanging outside the church. The church before it was pulled down in 1829. The church in 1829 (Thomas Talbot Bury) The church in c.1910 (from Spitalfields Life) Two peal boards on the wall of the old ringing in 2008. The old ringing room ceiling in 2008. The service bell that hung in the tower 1969 - 2012. The single service bell in 2008.
Pictures of the installation of the new ring of 10 bells, 2011-2
Casting of bells 1-7 on Friday 25th November, 2011
|The furnace is heating the bell metal.||The 7 moulds are standing ready to be filled.||The furnace empties metal into the ladle.|
|Impurities on the surface of the metal is scrapped off the top.||The 5th is cast.|
|The 6th is cast.||The 7th is cast.|
|Spectators.||Topping up some of the moulds.|
|The courtyard of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.||The 5th, 6th and 7th cooling down.||Dickon Love, who conceived and led the project to install the bells.|
|Erica and Bernard Sisk from the church.||Lisa Nelson and Gareth Williams from Viridor Credits.||The new bell frame starts to take shape in the workshop.|
|The treble is cast.||The 2nd is cast.||The 3rd is cast.|
|The 4th is cast.||Andrew Middlicott with the 4th.||Ben Constant with the 5th.|
|Andrew Brown with the treble.||
Kevin and Annette Hughes
with the 4th.
|Geraldine Forster with the 3rd.|
|All 7 bells now cooling down on the foundry floor.||Matthew Burroughs with the stamps for the Royal Arms that appear on all the bells, by specific permission from Buckingham Palace.||Matthew Burroughs and Lisa Nelson with the larger Royal Arms stamp.|
|The new Whitechapel Bell Foundry stamp, which had arrived a couple of days earlier. This stamp doesn't appear on the front 7, but does on the back 3.||The Pugin gothic letter set for the inscription bands.|
The bells are broken out of their moulds,
photographed here on 29th November, 2011
(Photos Mark Backhouse, courtesy of Whitechapel Bell Foundry)
|The tenor was cast in the morning of 16th December, 2011|
|The 8th, 9th and tenor moulds.||The tenor is cast.|
|Members of the St Dunstan's Guild Church Council warming up next to the tenor (photos Marc McDonald)|
|The 6th.||The 3rd.||The 2nd.|
|The 5th.||The 4th.||The 6th.|
|The treble.||The 2nd.|
|The bell frame taking further shape. (The framesides for St James Garlickhythe are in the foreground).|
|Bells 8 and 9 were cast in the afternoon of 16th December, 2011|
|Matthew Burroughs, The Revd William Gulliford and David Powell (photo Marc McDonald)||(photo Marc McDonald)||The St Dunstan-in-the-West Bells Fund Trustees (photo Marc McDonald).|
|(photo Marc McDonald)||(photo Marc McDonald)||(photo Marc McDonald)|
|The tenor was tuned in the week ending 20th Jan.|
|A visit to the Bell Foundry on 13th Feb 2012|
|Progress in the tower with the building work on 14th Feb 2012|
|The crypt was used as a workshop to build the sound control panels.|
|Building in the belfry.|
|The intermediate chamber, which used to hold a clock mechanism.|
|The clock room.||The ceiling of the clock room, where the beams of the old 8-bell frame can be seen.||The ringing room.|
|The Bell Foundry on 23rd Feb 2012.|
|Progress in the Tower, 7th March, 2012|
|The Bells Arrive at the Church (13th Mar 2012)|
|The Consecration on 14th March 2012 by the Bishop of London (photos Clare Dyer)|
|Welcome by the Guild Vicar, Rev'd William Gulliford.|
|Dickon Love reads the lesson.||"Chantelle" - the choir.|
|The bells are sprinkled with holy water.|
|Andrew Brown names the treble bell.|
|Ben Constant & Adam Greenley name the 2nd.||The bishop anoints the bell with the Oil of the Sick.|
|Geraldine Forster names the 3rd.|
|Annette & Kevin Hughes names the 4th.||Alan Regin names the 5th, on behalf of John Dunn from New Zealand.||Ian White from Viridor Credits names the 7th.|
|Shirley McGill, Master of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, names the 8th.||Jim Snyder names the tenor, telling the Bishop it is also to be affectionately known as "Great Dunstan".|
|The Bishop then anointed each bell with the Oil of Baptism.|
|The incensation, while Grandsire Caters is rung on handbells.|
|David Powell says a few words.||The Blessing|
|The hanging of the bells, 3rd/4th April (photos Dickon Love)|
|The frame starts to be built.|
|The 9th on the ground ready to be raised, first through the porch ceiling ...|
|... then through the organ room ...|
|... through the ringing room (itself under construction) ...|
|... through the intermediate chamber ...||... into the belfry.|
|Looking down at the 2nd at the base of the tower.||The 2nd in the ringing room.|
|On 4th April, the tenor is the last to arrive.|
|All bells now in.|