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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
 

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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® 1 6-1-1931⅝" C♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 2 7-0-1433⅛" B♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 3 8-1-2035⅜" A♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 4 9-0-2437⅞" G♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 5 11-1-140⅞" F♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 6 13-1-2243¼" E♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 7 17-1-647⅝" D♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 8 23-0-052" C♯ 1850 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
Service bell 4-3-726⅝" G 1804 Thomas Mears I, WhitechapelNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing
 - Hung dead

Bellframes

Position
Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Layout
Lower 1 Ring of 8 2016 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Cast iron
8.3.C.e
8.3
Upper 2 Service bell

History

1847 The church was built by Benjamin Ferrey and completed in 1850.
1850 A ring of 8 bells was cast by Charles and George Mears and hung in the new tower in a new frame. The bells were donated to the church by Angela Burdett Coutts and cost ?820 13s. 2d. These bells were replicated in the now destroyed ring at New Westminster Cathedral, Canada, also given by Baroness Burdett-Coutts (as she became). The bells were opened on 24th June. [1]
1918 The bells were rehung and quarter turned by Mears & Stainbank.
2016 A complete restoration in the tower took place. The bells were cleaned, but not tuned, and provided with new fittings before being rehung in a new frame. New sound control was installed and a new service bell was purchased and installed in the tower.
[1] Miss Burdett Coutts for St.Stephen's Church, Westminster. To a Peal of 8 Musical Church Bells 6-2-22, 7-1-18, 8-3-2, 9-2-13, 11-3-0, 14-0-2, 18-0-10, 24-0-18 (100-2-1) @ 14d £656.13.2., 8 Clappers £10, 8 Stocks, Wheels, Ironwork, Brasses, Rollers & Ropes £64, Oak frame making & fixing & hanging Bells £84, 8 extra rollers, 105 Yards line 17/-, 32 ft Oak 4 by 2 11/6 nails 2/2 C. Oliver Junr T. Hurry J. Hurry 1 day each £5.5.0., Boxes for ringers to stand upon Timber 5/7, Hurry - day nails 1/6 15s, total £820.13.2 (Whitechapel Day Book)

Articles

  • "Baroness Bountiful", Cawley, D L (The Ringing World) 18 September 1992
  • The ringing room


    The ringing room.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    The belfry before the restoration


    The belfry in 2006.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Dec 2006

    The belfry in 2006.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Dec 2006

    The belfry in 2006.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Dec 2006

    View of the belfry looking liturgical north/west. Tenor in the foreground.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    The 7th
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    Looking liturgical north.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    Looking litergical west.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    Ceiling of the belfry looking up to the spire floor.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    Looking down at some of the pieces of framework.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    The tenor.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    The 4th.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    The framework was patched up with timbers and subsequently strengthened with metal.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    View of the entire belfry.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013

    Looking up in the ringing where the clock case sits on a platform. Some of the ropes pass through this platform.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 21 May 2013
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2022-10-075040 Doubles (11m)
    2022-10-065040 Stedman Triples
    2022-10-065040 Surprise Minor (11m)
    2022-10-065024 Lessness Surprise Major
    2022-10-065120 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2022-10-065040 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2022-10-065056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2022-10-065040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2022-10-055120 Lessness Surprise Major
    2022-10-055040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2022-10-055040 Windy Gyle Alliance Major
    2022-10-055040 Spliced Surprise Minor (26m)
    2022-10-045040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2022-10-045024 Ruthenium Surprise Major
    2022-10-045040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2022-10-045184 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2022-10-045088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2022-10-045088 Preston Surprise Major
    2022-10-045120 Kintbury Delight Major
    2022-10-035040 Doubles (21m)
    2022-10-035152 Ytterbium Surprise Major
    2022-10-035040 Surprise Minor (3m)
    2022-10-035040 Swindon Surprise Royal
    2022-10-035040 Surprise Minor (11m)
    2022-10-035024 Xian Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2022-10-071320 Surprise Minor (3m)
    2022-10-071272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2022-10-071260 Plain Bob Minor
    2022-10-061320 Bourne Surprise Minor
    2022-10-061250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2022-10-061320 Spliced Surprise Minor (4m)
    2022-10-061272 Minimus (5m)
    2022-10-061280 Doranwood Treble Place Major
    2022-10-061320 Wearmouth Surprise Minor
    2022-10-061344 Superlative Surprise Major
    2022-10-061260 Buxton Bob Minor
    2022-10-061272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2022-10-061260 Grandsire Triples
    2022-10-061280 Superlative Surprise Major
    2022-10-061260 Grandsire Doubles
    2022-10-061290 Doubles and Triples (1m)
    2022-10-061260 2m Doubles
    2022-10-061280 Cornwall Surprise Major
    2022-10-061260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2022-10-061260 Doubles (1p/4m/6v)
    2022-10-061269 London Surprise Minor
    2022-10-061280 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    2022-10-061260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2022-10-061320 Surprise Minor (2m)
    2022-10-061440 Spliced Plain Minor (4m)
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of the City of London Page updated: 7 October 2022