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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: James White, 2007

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

    The inscriptions in the dome of the tower.
    Photo: James White, 2007

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

    The belfry


    The 8th inscription.
    Photo: James White, 2007

    The founder's mark.
    Photo: James White, 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.
    2023-02-035088 West Bridgford Delight Major
    2023-02-035040 Ardessie Surprise Royal
    2023-02-035040 Doubles (2m)
    2023-02-025040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2023-02-025040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
    2023-02-025040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2023-02-015120 Winford Surprise Major
    2023-02-015040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2023-02-015056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2023-02-015152 Ribblesdale Delight Major
    2023-02-015152 Farleigh Castle Delight Major
    2023-02-015040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2023-01-315152 January Surprise Major
    2023-01-315152 Spliced Surprise Major (19m)
    2023-01-315088 Spliced Surprise Major (10m)
    2023-01-315088 Anglesey Surprise Major
    2023-01-315040 Minor (3m)
    2023-01-315088 Ememem Delight Major
    2023-01-305007 Stedman Cinques
    2023-01-305152 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2023-01-295040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2023-01-295024 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2023-01-295033 Bristol Surprise Major
    2023-01-295760 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2023-01-295040 Metro Alliance Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2023-02-041272 Spliced Surprise Minor (2m)
    2023-02-031280 London Surprise Major
    2023-02-031260 Plain Bob Triples
    2023-02-031260 Plain Bob Minor
    2023-02-031280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2023-02-031250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2023-02-031260 Stedman Triples
    2023-02-031296 Wearmouth Surprise Minor
    2023-02-031320 London Delight Minor
    2023-02-031260 Devils Bridge Bob Minor
    2023-02-031272 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
    2023-02-031344 Speedball Surprise Major
    2023-02-031260 Doubles (2m)
    2023-02-031320 Surfleet Surprise Minor
    2023-02-031296 Bourne Surprise Minor
    2023-02-031260 Doubles (5m)
    2023-02-031264 Plain Bob Major
    2023-02-031296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2023-02-031280 Spliced Surprise Major (7m)
    2023-02-031320 Westminster Surprise Minor
    2023-02-031260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2023-02-031260 Doubles (2m)
    2023-02-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2023-02-031287 Stedman Caters
    2023-02-031320 Snowdrop Treble Bob 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: 4 February 2023