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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
All Hallows London Wall

All Hallows London Wall, London Wall

Photo: ASCY archive

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
Service Bell 12 cwt approx.40³⁄₁₆" 1766 Lester & Pack, WhitechapelNever
Sanctus 2½ cwt approx.21⅛" 1766 Lester & Pack, WhitechapelNever


Prior to new bells in 1766

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 4)UnknownPresumably recast 1766.
2nd (of 4)UnknownPresumably recast 1766.
3rd (of 4)UnknownPresumably recast 1766.
Tenor (of 4)UnknownPresumably recast 1766.
SanctusUnknownPresumably recast 1766.


1455 Published accounts suggest that there were 5 bells and a sanctus, including a Mary Bell (mentioned 1480) & Ave bell (mentioned 1510). The Little bell or treble (mentioned 1455) and the sanctus (1487 and 1497) and a sacring bell "before the rood" in 1495.
1552 Record of 4 large bells and a small one. [1]
1666 The church escaped the Great Fire.
1708 Record of 4 bells hung for ringing and a smaller bell. [2]
1764 The church was demolished as it was in a ruinous state.
1766 The present bells were cast. The smaller one was hung in the cupola.
1767 The new church was consecrated on 8 Sept. It was built under the direction of George Dance Junior.
1891 The church was reopened on 14 July. [3]
1895 The interior of the church was renovated.
1940 The church was damaged by a blast during the War. The small bell was placed in the crypt.
1962 The church was restored. The larger bells was rehung dead by Mears & Stainbank in the early timber frame.
[1] "Four large bells and a small one" (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "Four bells to ring in peal, besides a small one" ()
[3] (Church of England Year Book)


Old engraving.

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of the City of London Page updated: 13 October 2019