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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.
    2022-05-155040 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
    2022-05-161320 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
    2022-05-151260 Plain Bob Doubles
    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