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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

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.
    2022-05-155040 Plain Bob Minor
    2022-05-155000 Fermanagh Surprise Royal
    2022-05-155088 Greybury Surprise Major
    2022-05-155125 Stedman Cinques
    2022-05-155056 Plain Bob Major
    2022-05-155055 Stedman Caters
    2022-05-155088 Barbourne Surprise Major
    2022-05-155152 Spliced Surprise Major (23m)
    2022-05-145040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2022-05-145088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2022-05-145040 Spliced Surprise Maximus (4m)
    2022-05-145040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2022-05-145040 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    2022-05-145040 Surprise Minor (3m)
    2022-05-145160 Bristol Surprise Royal
    2022-05-145056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2022-05-145120 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2022-05-145040 Lincolnshire Surprise Royal
    2022-05-145040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2022-05-145056 Whichford Delight Major
    2022-05-135028 Friday The Thirteenth Delight Major
    2022-05-135152 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2022-05-135040 Doubles (11m)
    2022-05-135152 Bristol Surprise Major
    2022-05-135024 Wembley Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2022-05-161320 Ipswich Surprise Minor
    2022-05-161272 Norwich Surprise Minor
    2022-05-161320 St Frideswide Doubles
    2022-05-161320 Stamford Surprise Minor
    2022-05-151260 Plain Bob Minor
    2022-05-151288 Plain Bob Triples
    2022-05-151260 Stedman Triples
    2022-05-151260 Grandsire Doubles
    2022-05-151280 Lessness Surprise Major
    2022-05-151288 Grandsire Triples
    2022-05-151320 Bluebell Doubles
    2022-05-151260 Plain Bob Minor
    2022-05-151296 Plain Bob Caters
    2022-05-151282 Bristol Surprise Major
    2022-05-151280 Jonah Surprise Major
    2022-05-151280 Rutland Surprise Major
    2022-05-151260 Grandsire Doubles
    2022-05-151296 Little Bob Royal
    2022-05-151380 Doubles (7m/v)
    2022-05-151295 Grandsire Caters
    2022-05-151277 Grandsire Caters
    2022-05-151260 Doubles (2m)
    2022-05-151260 Doubles (5m/6v)
    2022-05-151280 Rutland Surprise Major
    2022-05-151320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    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: 16 May 2022