The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MATTHEW, FRIDAY STREET

GSB collection
Formerly 1 bell
Tenor: 3 cwt approx.
Church demolished 1887
Bell transferred to St Vedast, Foster Lane
Bell destroyed 1941
Formerly 5 bells before the Great Fire.

DETAILS OF FORMER BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

3 cwt approx. 26" E flat

1704

Samuel Newton & John Peele

INSCRIPTIONS

Disused.

WM u SWANN u DAVID u ABBOT u CH WARDENS 1704

S NEWTON u I u PEELE MADE ME

HISTORY

1552 Record of 5 bells and a sanctus bell. ("Item in the stepell five belles. Item a saunce bell at the quyer dore")
1553-4 Churchwardens accounts record expenditure for four baldricks for the bells.
1554-5 Churchwardens accounts record the purchase of a little bell weighing 2 cwt 48 lbs for 4.6d.
1556-7 Churchwardens accounts record the mending of the thrid bell that was "loosse in the stoke".
1568-9 A bell was recast using new additional metal at a cost of 3.6.6.
1578-9 Churchwardens accounts record payment "for tyles to mende the church whear the saintes bell did hange" of 24s.
1567-8 Churchwardens accounts record payment on a rope for the saunce bell.
1624-5 Churchwardens accounts record payments for hanging the bells.
1666 Church and bells destroyed in the Great Fire.
1666-7 Churchwardens accounts record that 2.17.0 was received for old lead and belmettell. They also paid the bell founder "for new casting and adding metell to our great bell as appears by acquittance, 9.13.0.
1685 Church rebuilt.
1693 Record of 1 bell in inventory of 10th Nov.
1704 Bell recast by Newton and Peele for 24.15.0 (paid 6th Oct).
1708 Record of 1 bell.
1824 Record of 1 bell.
1887 Church pulled down when the parish was united with St Vedast, Foster Lane. The bell was transferred to St Vedast and hung dead in the SW corner of its timber frame.
1941 St Vedast church was bombed and the bells were damaged. The Friday St bell was scrapped for its metal.