The Church Bells of the City of London

ST MICHAEL PATERNOSTER ROYAL COLLEGE ST

Photo DrL May 2001

1 Bell
Weight: 2? cwt approx. in A
Hung for swing chiming in a small steel frame.
Tower Stages:
Basement - toilets
Ground floor - offices
1st floor - offices
2nd floor - offices
3rd floor - offices
4th floor - air conditioning units
5th floor - belfry with bell
Roof plus parapet plus spire
Access:
Staircase round inside of tower to 3rd floor
Ladder to air conditioning units
No access above that
Also newell staircase in south east corner from ground floor to 2nd floor, belfry and parapet only.

DETAILS OF THE BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Single Bell

2? cwt approx. 21?" A

1892

Mears & Stainbank
1. MEARS & STAINBANK, WHITECHAPEL FOUNDRY, LONDON.
CAST 1674, RECAST 1892

EARLIER BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Cast

Founder Fate

Single Bell

2? cwt approx. 23"

1674

John Hodson Recast 1982
1. I. H. MADE ME 1674 PETER WANDEPOT THOMAS WATER IAMES SEAGLEY IOHN ROBINSON CHVRCH WARDENS
 
 

HISTORY

The church was rebuilt by Sir Richard Whittington, who founded there a College of St Spirit and St Mary, whence College Hill takes its name. That great citizen, who was Lord Mayor 4 times, died in 1423 and was buried in the chancel. His remains were disturbed in the reign of Edward VI by Thomas Mountain, the Rector, who broke open his monument in the hope of discovering great treasure concealed there. He failed to find any, so he tore off from the corpse the leaden sheet in which it was wrapped. When Queen Mary succeeded to the throne, this sacriligious parson was ejected and Whittington's body again covered in lead and honourably interred, and his monument replaced. It was destroyed in the fire of 1666. It is supposed that the pre-fire church had 6 bells.
1674 Bell cast by John Hodson.
1694 Body of the church completed.
1713 Tower added, reaching a height of 128? feet.
1866 Church was restored.
1892 The Hodson bell was recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1968 Bell rehung in a small steel frame by Whitechapel. Its canons and cast-in crown staple were removed and half turned. The fittings consist of a wrought iron headstock, fixed steel gudgeons, ball bearings, iron lever, pulley and independent staple, all of 1968, and clapper of 1892 with new top end.

GALLERY

Photo ASCY Library
3 views from 1922 (from Spitalfields Life)
 
Photos, Dickon Love, 24th November, 2011