The Church Bells of the City of London

TEMPLE CHURCH

Photo DrL 10 Feb 2012
1 bell
Tenor: 9 cwt approx. in A sharp
Never subsequently retuned
Bell hung dead and rung with an internal hammer attached to a rope.
Frame: timber
Extra-parochial church.
Floors and Access:
Single turret staircase from ground to a short vertical ladder leading through a trap door to the belfry.
   

DETAILS OF THE BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

9 cwt approx. 38" A sharp

1686

James Bartlett
 
1. SIR ROBT SAWYER ATTORNEY GENERALL TREASVRER OF THE INNER TEMPLE
  SIR HARRY CHAVNCY KNIGHT TREASVRER OF THE MIDDL TEMPLE
IAMES    BARTLET    MADE    ME    1686   

HISTORY

1185 Church consecrated.  It was originally the headquarters of the Knights Templar.
1307 The Knights Templar were abolished and the church went to the Crown.
1666 The church was undamaged in the Great Fire of London.
1686 Bell cast by James Bartlett, as part of Sir Christopher Wren's refurbishment, and hung for ringing in its own frame at the top of a turret tower on the north side of the church.  It is quite likely that the turret was built around the bell.
 

GALLERY

Photos Dickon Love, 24th November, 2011
There is very little room in the belfry
as it is only just large enough to fit
the bell. You can see here that the bell used to sit in plain bearings, but has since been hung dead on a raised platform.
Remains of the old bell wheel.   Rather than a base for a tower, this addition was built to house the organ.
    Rather than a base for a tower, this addition was built to house the organ.
Photos Dickon Love, 27th February, 2014