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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 Switzerland 200mm E 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
2 Switzerland 230mm D 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
3 Zurich 240mm C# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
4 Berne 240mm C 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
5 Lucerne 250mm B 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
6 Schwyz 260mm A# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
7 Unterwalden 275mm A 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
8 Glarus 285mm G# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
9 Zug 300mm G 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
10 Solothurn 315mm F# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
11 Basel 330mm F 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
12 Shaffenhausen 345mm E 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
13 St Gallen 360mm C# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
14 Appenzell 380mm D 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
C# Aargau 395mm C# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
16 Uri 420mm C 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
17 Thurgau 435mm B 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
18 Liechtenshtein 450mm A# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
19 Vaud 470mm A 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
20 Neuchatel 495mm G# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
21 Fribourg 520mm G 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
22 Valais 550mm F# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
23 Geneva 580mm F 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
24 Ticino 620mm E 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
25 Jura 650mm D# 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
26 Switzerland 690mm D 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi
27 Graubunden 770mm C 1985 Rüetschi of Aarau, Switzerland2011 Rüetschi

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History

1985 Known as "The Glockenspiel", 25 bells were presented by Switzerland Tourism on behalf of the people of Switzerland and Leichtenstein to the City of Westminster in 1985. They were cast by Rüetschi of Aarau in Switzerland and given to mark the City’s 400th anniversary. They were opened on 20 Nov, 1985. Shortly afterwards, more bells were added bringing the total to 27 by November thefollowing year. As well as being a clock chime and acting as a manual carillon, up to two hundred different tunes could also be played on themautomatically.
2008 The Swiss Centre was demolished and the bells were put into storage. Efforts were made to see the bells restored to a new location in Leicester Square in the face of opposition from local businesses.
2011 A new 10m high tower was constructed by Smith of Derby. The bells were tuned and restored by Rüetschi, given new hammers and hung in the tower. The Glockenspiel was inaugurated on 28th November.

Articles

  • "Glockenspiel Planning Application", Jestico & Whites on behalf of Switzerland Tourism (City of Westminster) 22 July 2010
  • The chime as it used to hang on the Swiss Centre


    The Glockenspiel hanging from the side of the Swiss Centre before demolition in 2008.
    Photo: Dickon R Love


    Photo: Dickon R Love


    Photo: Dickon R Love

    The chime in its new tower



    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 2011
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    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
    2022-10-035081 Grandsire Cinques
    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