The Church Bells of the City of London


Welcome to the City of London section of Love's Guide.  This site is maintained by Dickon Love as a place to record his research into belfry archaeology and history in the City of London.  Information comes from many sources, and Dickon is grateful to all those who have contributed to this research, particularly Chris Pickford, David Cawley, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and John Taylor Bellfounders.  It aims to cover all bells in the City of London, both extant and those lost to history.

Bell Restoration News

St Mary at Hill

A 3 bells, which were cracked in a fire in 1988 and were languishing in the Whitechapel Bellfoundry yard for many years, have now been scrapped.  St Mary at Hill is now the only City church not to have any bells.

St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street

A new ring of 10 bells with a tenor of 10-3-23 was cast in 2011 and was hung in Apr.  The first peal was rung for the visit of HM The Queen to the City for her Diamond Jubilee. The belfry had been empty since 1969 save a single bell, so once again, a London church is found its voice back again.

St James, Garlickhythe
- The Royal Jubilee Bells

A new ring of 8 bells, tenor 9-1-25 was cast and rung from a floating belfry for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd June.  They are now a popular new ring in the City.
See The Royal Jubilee Bells website.

St Michael Cornhill

The new ring, cast by John Taylor Bellfounders in Loughborough, has been cast and hung in the tower.  The new tenor is 32-1-6.

Latest Site Additions

31st May - More photos of St Dunstan-in-the-East before the war (thanks to John Pladdys)
24th May
- Details of the 3 bells at St Mary at Hill that were scrapped in 2012.
12th May
- A number of old pictures of various churches, also some good pictures of St Mary le Bow ringing room and belfry.
17th Aug
- Reviewed all the church dedications to ensure they are correct.  Some of these may appear to differ from other bellringing websites, but I stand by these. Sound clip St Olave, Hart St.
16th Aug
- Pictures from the clear-up operation at St Sepulchre's in 1979 and in the run up to the 1986 restoration.
16th Jun
- The new ring of 8 at St James Garlickhythe
16th Mar
- The new ring of 10 at St Dunstan-in-the-West
10th Feb 2012
- Temple Church (new)
2nd Dec
- St Stephen Walbrook (new)
29th Nov
- St Dunstan-in-the-West (pictures of the work to cast and install a new ring of bells)
14th Nov
- St Michael Cornhill (pictures of the project to install new bells)
26th May
- St Botolph Aldgate (picture)
5th May
- St Magnus (tuning figures)
8th Apr
- St Michael Cornhill
22nd Mar
- St Botolph, Bishopsgate (pictures of removal of tenor)
20th Dec
- St Paul's Cathedral (general revamp)
7th Dec
- All Hallows by the Tower (new pics)
8th Mar - St Dionis Backchurch, St Dunstan in the East, St Andrew Holborn, St Alphage London Wall, St Antholin, St Sepulchre, St Mildred Bread Street, St George, Botolph Lane, St Dunstan-in-the-West, St Clement Eastcheap, St Botolph Aldgate, St Bride Fleet Street
6th Mar - All Hallows the Great, Christ Church Newgate Street
5th Mar - St Anne & St Agnes, St Michael Cornhill
21st Dec - St Mary Aldermary, St James Garlickhythe, At Andrew by the Wardrobe, St Peter Cornhill, St Bartholomew the Less, St Michael Crooked Lane, St Olave Silver St, St Michael Queenhithe.

Also from the Lovesguide Series:

Church Bells
of the City of Westminster
Church Bells of Kent Church Bells of Prague
Dickon Love is an active bellringer in the City of London and is a Past Master and Hon Librarian of the Ancient Society of College Youths, who are responsible for ringing the bells at the major towers in the City.  He is also a member of the Cambridge University Guild, the Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild and the Kent County Association.  His primary interest is in the history of bells and bell towers, and the focus of his research is on the the Cities of London and Westminster and the County of Kent.  He is Tower Keeper at St Magnus the Martyr, St Mary Woolnoth, St Dunstan-in-the-West and Tower Captain at St James Garlickhythe.  He conceived and ran the projects to install new bells at St Magnus the Martyr, St Dunstan-in-the-West and St James Garlickhythe, is Churchwarden at St Magnus the Martyr, and Parish Clerk of St Clement Eastcheap. He makes his living as a management consultant working in central government.

Launched 10th October 1999 - Last updated 31 May 2013