The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MARY, ALDERMARY
QUEEN VICTORIA STREET

Photo DrL 1st Dec 2002

1 bell
Weight: 4-3-14 in C sharp
Hung dead and rung with a rope attached the clapper..
Tower Stages:
1. Ground: Service bell rung.
2. Empty chamber
3. Tall empty
4. Bell
Access: ground floor door staircase in north west of tower to the roof.
Formerly a ring of 5 bells before the Great Fire.

DETAILS OF THE BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Single Bell

4-3-14 30" C sharp

1856

Charles & George Mears
C. & G. MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON 1856
 

HISTORY

Stow says that the church is "called Aldermarie because the same was very old and elder than any church of St Mary in the city." Original church rebuilt by Sir Henry Kebyll, Lord Mayor 1511-18. The unfinished tower was completed by William Rodway, who died in 1626.

1552

Record of 5 bells in the tower ("Fyve grett bellys. It ij smalle bellys").

1666

Church destroyed in the Great Fire with the exception of the tower.

1681-2

Church rebuilt by Wren from a bequest of Henry Rogers on condition that it be a copy of the old building.

1701

Upper portion of the tower was rebuilt, with four pinnacles to a total height of 135 ft.

1824

Record of 2 bells in the tower.

1856

Bell cast by Charles and George Mears.

GALLERY

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