The Church Bells of the City of London

ST OLAVE, OLD JEWRY, POULTRY

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Formerly 3 bells (presumably 2 clock bells and a Service bell)
Tenor: 11 cwt approx.
Church demolished in 1888-91.
Bells transferred to St Olave, Woodberry Down, Stoke Newington.

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

2 cwt approx. 21"

1823

Thomas Mears II

2

2 cwt approx. 21" 1675 James Bartlett

3

11 cwt approx. 40" 1674 Anthony Bartlett

INSCRIPTIONS

1. 1823

2.

IAMES BARTLET MADE ME : : PRAYSE YE THE LORD 1675

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2.

ANTHONY BARTLET MADE MEE FOR THE PARISH OF OLAVE JEWRY

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HISTORY

1552

Record of 5 bells, a sanctus and 3 sacring bells ("Item v belles & lytell sancs bell … iij sakeryng belles".

1666

Church destroyed in the Great Fire.

1673-6

Church rebuilt by Wren.

1674

Bell cast by Anthony Bartlet (tenor of 2 or 3).

1675

Bell cast by James Bartlet (2 of 3 or 1 of 2).

1708

Record of a tower "wherein are only two bells".

1823

Bell cast or recast by Thomas Mears (treble of 3).

1824

Date on the clock on the west face of the tower.

1886

Parish united with that of St Margaret Lothbury.

1887

23rd Mar

Last service in the church prior to demolition.

1888-91

Church demolised, apart from the tower and west front which are now used as offices. Bells transferred for storage at St Margaret Lothbury. They are now at St Olave, Woodberry Down, Stoke Newington. The tower survives as a rectory for the combined parishes of St Olave Old Jewry and St Margaret Lothbury.

1900-1

C.H. Hawkins saw two of the St Olave bells at Lothbury and later noted "In this tower are now also placed the three bells formerly hanging in the tower of St. Olave, Jewry. The treble is on the 2nd floor of the tower, the tenor and second on the first floor".

OLD ENGRAVINGS