The Church Bells of the City of London

ST PETER AD VINCULA
and other bells in the TOWER OF LONDON

Also known as St Peter in Chains
Chapel bell weighing 3-3-3 in E: an extra-parochial chapel within the grounds of the tower.
Clock chime of 3 bells, tenor 7-3-23
Retuned: 1971 Whitechapel

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Pitch

Cast

Founder

Chapel Bell

3-3-3 26"

E

1659

John Hodson

Quarter 1

3-0-17  

1659

Charles & George Mears

Quarter 2

3-3-19  

1659

Charles & George Mears

Hour Bell

7-3-23  

1854

Charles & George Mears

Single bell
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FORMER BELL

A small bell used to hang in the tower next to the Lieutenant's lodgings:

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Single Bell

1 cwt approx. 18"

1651

WB - unknown
Single bell

I  WB  1651

   

HISTORY

1250 The Close Rolls refer to two small bells in the Tower of London.
1607 Articles refer to the use of the tower bell as a curfew bell.
1651 A small bell was (re)cast for the tower near the Lieutenant's lodgings. It is not known who cast this bell, but it bears the initials WB.
1659 A bell was (re)cast for the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and hung in the cupola above the tower.
1854 A clock chime of 3 bells was supplied by Charles & George Mears at a cost of 101 13s. 7d.
1971 The cupola of the chapel was reconstructed. The bell was cleaned by shot blasting, quarter turned and rehung on a new timber headstock by Whitechapel.

HISTORY

Garry Barr collection

Garry Barr collection

Garry Barr collection