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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 Maud 6-2-1629½" F 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 2 Victoria 7-2-2130½" E♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 3 Louise 8-1-533" D♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 4 George 9-0-1934" C 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 5 Albert Victor 10-3-1437½" B♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 6 Arthur 13-1-1840⅝" A♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 7 Alfred 16-2-1944½" G♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 8 Alexandra 20-2-2447½" F 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 9 Albert Edward 27-0-052½" E♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 10 Viictoria 38-1-1559⅜" D♭ 1893 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Bellframes

Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Layout
1 All bells 1893 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Cast iron, Oak
7.A.b

History

1887 The building of the Imperial Institute, designed by Thomas Edward Collcutt FRIBA began.
1893 A ring of 10 bells was cast by John Taylor & Co. originally as a gift to Queen Victoria from the Australian millionairess Elizabeth M. Millar of Melbourne. They were dedicated to the Princess of Wales (as is recorded on the 8th Bell) and thus known as the "Alexandra Peal". The Imperial Institute was opened by Queen Victoria on 10 May and the bells were rung by the College and Cumberland Youths.

Articles

  • "The "Queen's" Tower of the former Imperial Institute", The Editor (Ringing World) 12 May 1972
  • "Centenary of the Alexandra Peal", Buswell C, Edwards, C F (The Ringing World) 7 May 1993
  • "The Imperial Institute Bells", Crowest, F J (Supplement to The Graphic) 13 May 1893
  • Documents


    The frame layout.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2007

    The tower moves considerably when the bells are rung. This movement is closely followed by engineering students in the College.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2007

    The inscriptions in the dome of the tower.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2007

    Ringing at the Queen's Tower.
    Photo: Newspaper, 18 Mar 1893

    The belfry


    The 8th inscription.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2007

    The founder's mark.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2007

    Dedications of the bells

    The bells were named after Queen Victoria and members of her family, as follows:

    Edward and Alexandra's living children:

    1

    Maud 1869 - 1938
    2 Victoria 1868 - 1935
    3 Louise 1867 - 1931
    4 George (later George V) 1865 1936
    5 Albert Victor 1864 1892

    Queen Victoria's children:

    6 Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert 1850 - 1942 (Edward's brother)
    7 Prince Alfred Ernest Albert 1844 - 1900 (another brother of Edward)
    8 Princess Alexandra (wife of Edward) 1844 - 1925.
    9 Prince Albert Edward (later Edward VII) 1841 - 1910.

    (A further brother, Leopold George Duncan Albert 1853 - 1884 died before the bells were cast)

    And the Monarch herself:

    10 Queen Victoria 1819 - 1901.

    Access

     
    Staircase Type No of steps

    Position

    Ground floor to balcony Octagonal, around the walls 60

     

    Balcony level to first room Metal spiral 29

    First room to second room Metal spiral 24

    Second room to third room Stone spiral 29

    Third room for fourth room Stone spiral 44
    Fourth room to tank level Stone spiral 23
    Tank level to ringing chamber Stone spiral 30
    Ringing chamber to belfry Stone spiral 28
    Belfry to viewing gallery Metal spiral 30
    Viewing gallery to base of dome Metal spiral 28
        •
    Base of dome to top of dome Wooden spiral 53

      •

    There are 239 steps from the ground floor to the ringing room, and 378 to the top of the dome.
     
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2022-10-075040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    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)
    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