The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MARY LE BOW, Cheapside

THE FORMER WHITECHAPEL RING OF 12

Gillett & Johnston brochure

The Present Whitechapel Ring

The Former Gillett & Johnston Ring

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Treble

8-0-23

F sharp

1881

Mears & Stainbank

2

8-2-16

E

1881

Mears & Stainbank

3

8-3-7

D sharp

1762

Lester & Pack

4

9-0-2

C sharp

1762

Lester & Pack
5 10-1-4 B 1762 Lester & Pack
6 12-0-7 A sharp 1762 Lester & Pack
7 13-2-4 G sharp 1762 Lester & Pack
8 17-0-11 F sharp 1762 Lester & Pack
9 20-2-26 E 1762 Lester & Pack
10 24-2-5 D sharp 1762 Lester & Pack
11 34-1-8 C sharp 1762 Lester & Pack
Tenor 53-0-22 B 1738 Thomas Lester
1. CAST AND HUNG BY MEARS & STAINBANK OCTR 1881
  MARSHALL H. VINE, RECTOR.  
  JAMES HUGHES
WILLIAM TEGG
C. H. BOWDEN
F. T. TYARS
JONATHAN CROCKER
} CHURCH
WARDENS
2. CAST AND HUNG BY MEARS & STAINBANK OCTR 1881
  MARSHALL H. VINE, RECTOR.  
  JAMES HUGHES
WILLIAM TEGG
C. H. BOWDEN
F. T. TYARS
JONATHAN CROCKER
} CHURCH
WARDENS
3. UU LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762 WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS.
 
4. % LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762. % WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS.
 
5. % LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762. WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS. กกก
 
6. % LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762.  WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS.
 
7. %% LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762.  WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS. กกกก
 
8. LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT 1762.  WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS. กกกก
(incised):
THESE CHAIN TIES OF CAST IRON WERE APPLIED FOR THE SECURITY OF THIS TOWER SEPTR 1819. GEORGE GWILT ARCHT
9. LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT 1762  WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS.
  (ornamental border) %%%%%%%%%%OOOOO
 
10. LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762. RT. REVD DR THOS NEWTON, RECTOR. WM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CHURCH WARDENS OF BOW.
  THOS & JNO STEVENSON CH:WARDENS OF PANCRAS   b (orn)
 
11. LESTER & PACK OF LONDON FECIT. 1762.  WILLIAM GIBSON & JAS PIERREPONT CH:WARDENS OF BOW.กกกกกกกก
 

(crown) SAMUEL BLACKWELL ESQR      

  GAVE L50 0. 0.
12. BOW BELL 1669U SAMUEL LISLE D:D RECTOR, ROBT GREEN, WM CANNELL, THO:PARIS, INO:WALDRON, INO RAINFORD CHURCH:
  WARDENS REECAST 1738. RICHARD PHELPS, THO:LESTER LONDINI FECIT UUUUUUOOU
(incised): WT 53 : 0 : 22

The arms of Blackwell are a greyhound sable; on a chief indented sable 3 bezants.
The word "CANNELL" on the tenor was incised.

GALLERY

London Illustrated News 21/12/1850

"The Bow Bells on Christmas Eve" - an engraving made for The Illustrated London News, Christmas 1850.

Black and White, 31st May 1902

From "Black and White", 31st May 1902. The caption was given as follows:

THE SILENCE OF BOW BELLS: A SKETCH IN THE BELFRY AT BOW CHURCH LAST WEEK
Bow Bells are having their voices tuned, that they may ring their silveriest for the Coronation. Our sketch shows the workmen engaged i cleaning the big bells of the world-famous peal. (Drawn by Cyprus C. Cuneo)