The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MARY SOMERSET, UPPER THAMES ST

Photo DrL May 2001

Formerly 1 bell
Tenor: 5 cwt approx. in E
Demolished 1872 leaving the tower.
Bell transferred to St Mary, Hoxton.

DETAILS OF THE BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Single Bell

5 cwt approx. 29" E

1678

William Eldridge

INSCRIPTION

SINGLE GVLIEMVS ELDRIDGE ME FECIT 1678

BELL RECAST AS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Single Bell

4-0-17

1899

Mears & Stainbank

HISTORY

1552

Record of 5 bells and a sanctus ("It v belles of a ringe in our church steple and a sancts bell").

1666

Church damaged in the Great Fire.

1678

Bell cast by William Eldridge of Chertsey.

1693

Vestry minute refers to the purchase of a bell from Mr. John (sic) Eldridge of Chertsey, at the joint expense of the parishes of St Mary Somerset and St Mary Mountlaw, and agreement for future upkeep.

1695

Church rebuilt by Wren.

1708

Record of 1 bell.

1824

Record of 1 bell.

1859

Record of 1 bell.

1866

Parish united with that of St Nicholas Cole Abbey.

1872

Church demolished leaving the beautiful pinnacled 120 foot tower. The parish was joined with that of St Nicholas, Cole Abbey. The church of St Mary, Hoxton was built with the proceeds of the sale, and the single bell was transferred there.

1899

Bell at St Mary, Hoxton recast by Mears & Stainbank.

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