The Church Bells of the City of London

ST STEPHEN, Coleman Street

Formerly 8 ringing Bells and clock bell hung dead from the top of the wooden spire.
Tenor: 14 cwt approx. in F sharp
Church demolished after bombing in 1941
Upstairs Ringing Room

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Treble

24" F sharp

1693

James Bartlett

2

26" E sharp 1693 James Bartlett

3

28" D sharp 1693 James Bartlett

4

29" C sharp 1722 John Waylett

5

32" B 1693 James Bartlett

6

34" A sharp 1693 James Bartlett

7

38" G sharp 1722 John Waylett

Tenor

14 cwt approx. 43" F sharp 1833 Thomas Mears II

Clock Bell

23" 1672 Anthony Bartlett

INSCRIPTIONS

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8. T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT. 1833.

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HISTORY

12th Cent

Church built.

1466

An inventory states "Item j howsling bell wt j lytyll bell to hong in the stepyl on ye dedleacon".

c.1530s

According to tradition, the bells of the Priory of the Holy Trinity, Aldgate, were divided at the Dissolution between this church and Stepney, five being sent here.

1542

No mention of bells in the inventory of this year.

1552

Record of 5 bells and a sanctus bell ("v belles and a sawnce bell").

1666

Church destroyed in the Great Fire.

1672

Clock bell cast.

1674-81

Church rebuilt by Wren with a north west steeple consisting of a stone tower, lead covered lantern with a small spire crowned by a golden vane in the form of a cock. The tower was about 65 feet high with a lantern of about 20 feet. The clock bell hung dead at the top of the wooden erection on top of the tower.

1693

Ring of 8 bells cast by James Bartlett.

1708

Record of 8 bells.

1721

7th recast.

1722

4th recast.

1809

10th Jan

T Mears & Son gave an estimate "to recast the old eight into a new ring of eight (13 cwt) with mainly new fittings in the old frame (price 245.8s).

1824

Record of "six" bells (this must be a mistake).

1833

Tenor recast.

1916

Bells overhauled and put into ringing order by John Warner & Sons.

1940

29th Dec

Church bombed and destroyed. The site was sold.

1954

Parish united with that of St Margaret, Lothbury.

PHOTOGRAPHS

The ruins of the church before its final demolition after the War.