The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MARY MAGDALENE, OLD FISH STREET

Formerly 2 bells (3 bells prior to the Great Fire)
Tenor formerly: 9 cwt in A flat
Church destroyed by fire in 1886.
Surviving bell transferred to St Andrew's, Bromley, Middx.

 

 

Engraving George Shepherd, 1812

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Service Bell

9 cwt approx. 38" A flat

1669

John Hodson

Sanctus

2 cwt approx. 21" F

1686

William Wightman

INSCRIPTIONS

SERVICE IOHN HODSON MADE ME 1669 THOMAS BVCKLER CHVRCHWARDEN W H

SANCTUS J686

The WH on the service bell refers to William Hull, Hodson's assistant.

HISTORY

1552

Record of 3 bells and a Sanctus.

1651

Churchwardens accounts report 12 paid to the bell hanger.

1666

The church was destroyed in the Great Fire.

1669

29th June

Bell cast by John Hodson. Churchwardens accounts mention a receipt "of Mr Rowland for ye Bell mettill" 25.5.0

1683-4

Church rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren with a stone tower and lantern 86 ft high.

1686-7

12th Jan

Churchwardens accounts: "At Casting the bell 2s." This refers to the casting of the Sanctus bell.

1st Feb

Churchwardens accounts: "Pd Mr Knowles ye 4 part of 5li 4s for frames for ye Bells 1.6.0. Pd ye Bell Hanger ye 4 part of 6li 10s for hanging ye Bells 1.12.6;"

1687

14th Apr

Churchwardens accounts: "Od Mr Whiteman ye Bell Founder 12. 6 June Pd the Bellfounder ye ballence of his Acct. 2.3.0"

1708

Walters claimed that there was one bell in the tower.

1824

Walters claimed that there were two bells in the tower.

1886

Church seriously damaged by fire.

1887

Church demolished. The smaller bell was stored at St Martin, Ludgate. The larger bell had disappeared some years earlier.

1890

Parish united with that of St Martin Ludgate.

c. 1900

The former Sanctus bell was transferred to St Andrew's, Bromley, Middx.