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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.
    2024-02-275040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2024-02-275040 Surprise Minor (12m)
    2024-02-275152 Jewbury Surprise Major
    2024-02-275088 Abergavenny Castle Surprise Major
    2024-02-265088 Worcestershire Surprise Major
    2024-02-265040 Surprise Minor (14m)
    2024-02-265040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2024-02-265024 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2024-02-255042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
    2024-02-255120 Superlative Surprise Major
    2024-02-255184 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2024-02-255024 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2024-02-255090 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    2024-02-255040 Surprise Minor (4m)
    2024-02-255040 Lincolnshire Surprise Royal
    2024-02-255040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2024-02-255088 Spliced Surprise Major (7m)
    2024-02-255040 Orion Surprise Maximus
    2024-02-255040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
    2024-02-255184 Xian Surprise Major
    2024-02-245040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2024-02-245040 Grandsire Triples
    2024-02-245088 Chesterfield Surprise Major
    2024-02-245120 Spliced Surprise Major (20m)
    2024-02-245136 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2024-02-271344 Cornwall Surprise Major
    2024-02-271260 Double Oxford Bob Minor
    2024-02-271280 Spliced Surprise Major (3m)
    2024-02-271320 April Day Doubles
    2024-02-271272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2024-02-271280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2024-02-271344 Littleport Little Surprise Royal
    2024-02-271260 February Doubles
    2024-02-271260 Doubles (4m)
    2024-02-271269 Spliced Surprise Minor (3m)
    2024-02-271320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2024-02-271260 Grandsire Triples
    2024-02-271260 Canterbury Pleasure Bob Triples
    2024-02-271344 London Surprise Major
    2024-02-271296 Lyndon Treble Place Minimus
    2024-02-271296 Ridlington Treble Place Minimus
    2024-02-271260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2024-02-271260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2024-02-271280 Jade Surprise Major
    2024-02-271260 Grandsire Triples
    2024-02-271296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2024-02-261260 Grandsire Doubles
    2024-02-261288 Grandsire Triples
    2024-02-261260 (4m/v) Doubles
    2024-02-261260 Middlesex Bob Triples
    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: 27 February 2024