The Church Bells of the City of London

HOLY TRINITY, MINORIES

Formerly 3 bells hung for ringing
Tenor: 1 cwt approx. in A
Church closed 1899 and demolished. Fate of bells unknown.

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

cwt approx. 16" C sharp

1753

Thomas Lester

2

cwt approx. 16" C

1753

Thomas Lester

3

1 cwt approx. 19" A

1753

Thomas Lester

INSCRIPTIONS

1. 1753 (border)
2. [blank]
3 1753

HISTORY

1666

Church escaped the Great Fire.

1711

A new ring of 3 bells was cast by Richard Phelps at a cost of 24. (The old bells were taken to him in 1709.) The tenor was 2 cwt.

1724

One of the bells, having become broken, was recast.

1753

Tower built, a bell was sold and 3 new bells were cast and hung. The bells cost 23.19.1.

1899

Church closed and was later demolished. The fate of the bells is unknown.

On October 10th, 1734, William Laughton and two other ringers rang the bells. They rang 168 sixes on which occasion he wrote:

That is the hardest peal to raise
That e'er I met in all my days.
The tenor is so very light,
Two hundred one quarter is the weight.
The ropes were small, - our hands they cut,
No sallies in them e'er were put;
So with some chalk we made a mark,
Or else we'd all been in the dark,
But that shewed us whereabouts to catch,
And stop in due time at full stretch.
But for all that we made ado
To keep the ropes from slipping through.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Photo DrL 2004

Not much of the church remains today. One of the walls can be seen here.
The church yard is now a park in the foreground.