The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MARTIN-without-LUDGATE
LUDGATE HILL

1 bell plus a disused bell
Tenor: 3? cwt approx.
One bell is in the church (formerly hanging in the spire)
The other bell hanging in the tower is derelict.
Floors:
Ground floor
1st floor - Balcony/Meeting room
2nd floor - empty
Belfry
Viewing gallery around spire
Old frame for sanctus frame in spire
Access:
Spiral staircase in south east corner leading to all floors to the belfry
Central open timber spiral staircase up the spire

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

3? cwt approx. 25?"

1672

John Hodson

Sanctus

1 cwt approx. 19" 1683 Philip Wightman
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OF R THE R INHABBITANTS R OF R ST R MARTINS R LVDGATE R C.H {{
 
S. THE GVIFT OF WILLIAM WARNE SCRIVENER
  TO THE PARISH OF ST MARTINS LVDGATE 1683
 
 

HISTORY

1444

Record of 4 bells. Malcolm says that "Maister John Kermeydon met his parishioners in the chapel of St John the Baptist on 21 March 1445 tto fix the charges for tolling each of the four bells"

1552

Record of 5 bells and a Sanctus ("Item V grete Belles. Item a small Saunce bell").

1623

Ancient church repaired.

1666

Church destroyed in the Great Fire.

1672

One bell cast by John Hodson.

1683

One bell cast by Philip Wightman.

1684

Church rebuilding completed (by Wren). The tower rises at the centre of the south front of the church facing Ludgate Hill with a lead covered octagonal cupola supporting a balcony, the base of which is encircled by a balcony. It has a tapered spire with rising to a height of 158 ft.

1708

Paterson recorded 2 bells.

1824

Record of 2 bells.

GALLERY

The service bell disused in the corner of the belfry underneath a large timber frame. Part of the timber frame and old wheel.  
    The old Sanctus sitting in the church.
   
The church in 1814 by George Shepherd