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St Andrew Holborn
 

St Andrew Holborn, Holborn Circus


Photo: Dickon Love, 25 Nov 2006

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 18-1-21 in F.
  • Grid Ref: TQ314815
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1960 Mears & Stainbank, metal frame
  • Diocese: London
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 5-1-028" F 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 5-2-529" E 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 6-1-131" D 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
4 7-2-1833" C 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 8-1-835" B♭ 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
6 9-2-2437" A 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
7 12-1-2041" G 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Tenor 18-1-2146" F 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

The original set of four installed in the 1447 tower

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
One of the above1506UnknownNeverRecast 1529
Treble (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529
2nd (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529
3rd (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529
Tenor (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529

The 1529 set of four and subsequent recasts

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
One of the above1567UnknownNeverRecast 1587
One of the above1566UnknownNeverRecast 1587
Tenor (of 4)18-0-131529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below
3rd (of 4)1529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below
2nd (of 4)1529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below
Treble (of 4)1529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below

The Robert Mot ring of six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Sanctus3½ cwt approx.25½"1587Robert MotNeverDestroyed in 1941
Treble (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
2nd (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
3rd (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
4th (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
5th (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
Tenor (of 6)28-2-71587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731 having been broken

The Richard Phelps ring of eight

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)6 cwt approx.31½"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
2nd (of 8)7 cwt approx.32¼"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
3rd (of 8)8-0-234½"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
4th (of 8)9-1-2137"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
5th (of 8)11-3-741"1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1921
6th (of 8)13-1-343½"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
7th (of 8)18-2-448¼"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
Tenor (of 8)27½ cwt approx.54"1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1921

The bells that were damaged or destroyed in 1941

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Sanctus3½ cwt approx.25½"1587Robert MotNeverDestroyed in 1941
Treble (of 8)6 cwt approx.31½"D♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverNever weighed. Combined weight of 1&2 was 13-0-8. Recast 1960.
2nd (of 8)7 cwt approx.32¼"CDefacedMears & StainbankNeverInscription defaced. Never weighed. Combined weight of 1&2 was 13-0-8. Recast 1960.
3rd (of 8)8-0-234½"B♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
4th (of 8)9-1-2137"A♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
5th (of 8)11-3-741"G♭1921Mears & StainbankNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
6th (of 8)13-1-343½"F1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
7th (of 8)18-2-448¼"E♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
Tenor (of 8)26-3-254"D♭1921Mears & StainbankNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960

History

1447 The tower was built.
1457 Four bells installed in the tower.
1506 One of the 4 bells was recast.
1529 The bells were recast by Thomas Lawrence into a new ring of 4, tenor 18-0-13.
1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1566 One of the bells was recast.
1567 Another bell was recast.
1587 All the bells were recast with extra metal by Robert Mot to create a ring of 8 bells, tenor 28-2-7. A Sanctus bell was also cast which was to remain in the tower until 1941.
1667 The church escaped the Great Fire of London.
1684 Work began to rebuild the church, designed by Wren, although part of the old tower was left.
1692 The rebuilding work was completed.
1709 Record of 6 bells in the tower (Paterson) "and two more intended".
1731 The bells were recast into a ring of 8 bells by Richard Phelps. [2]
1920 The 5th and tenor were recast by Mears & Stainbank when the bells were rehung with new fittings in a new iron frame at a total cost of £515.
1941 The church was gutted in an air raid. The bells had been left up and were heard to ring down as the church was burning. They were left hanging, cracked in the tower until they were replaced 20 years later. [3]
1961 The old bells were recast into a lighter ring of 8 by Mears & Stainbank and were rung for the reopening of the church in this year.
[1] (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "This day the Eight Bells belonging to the Parish Church of St. Andrews Holborne, were taken down; and carried to Mr. Phelp's, Bell-Founder in Whitechapel, in order to be new cast." [Norwich Gazette, 5 June 1731] "This Day the Sett of Bells, belonging to the Parifh Church of St. Andrew's Holbourn [sic], were taken down and carried to Mr. Phelps's Bell-Founder, at Whitechapel, in order to be new cast." [The St. James' Evening Post, Sat. 29 May 1731] "This Day the Sett of Bells belonging to the Parifh Church of St. Andrew's Holbourn [sic] were taken down, in order to be new caft by Mr. Richard Phelps of Whitechapel, the Tenor being broke, and others crack 'd" [The Whitehall Evening Post, Sat. 29 May 1731] "The same Day [Yesterday], in the Morning, eight new Bells that were Cast by Mr. Phelps at Whitechapel were brought to St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn, and three of them hang’d up in the Afternoon. They were tun’d by the Approbation of Mr. Stanley, Organist of the said Church" [Daily Advertiser, Tues. 24 Aug. 1731] "A new Ring of eight Bells having been cast by Mr. Phelps of Whitechapel, for the Parish of St. Andrew’s, Holborn, the same were Yesterday brought home, and will be hung with all Expedition. The Tennor [sic] weighs 27 Hundredweight and half." [Daily Courant, Tues. 24 Aug. 1731; also Fog’s Weekly Journal, Sat. 28 Aug. 1731 with ‘last Monday’ vice ‘Yesterday’] "The Set of new Bells which was lately hung up in the Steeple of St. Andrew’s Holbourn [sic], was Yesterday rung for the first time by the London Scholars, and a handsome Entertainment was given to the said Ringers at the Fountain-Inn, Hatton-Garden." [Daily Advertiser, Tues. 7 Sept. 1731] (Various newspaper articles)
[3] "Take another case, St Andrew's, Holborn. These bells are fitted with iron headstocks, and hung in an iron bell-frame. The Tower is gutted right through but the bells are still hanging in their framework, although every bit of the timber made fittings is destroyed. The bells are however cracked, due to the heat" (Letter from AA Hughes to the Rector of St.Andrew Undershaft, 15 May 1941 (per David Cawley Apr 2004))

Articles

  • "St Andrew's, Holborn", Cook, William T (The Ringing World) 5 May 1972
  • The church


    The church in 1838
    Photo:


    Photo:

    The belfry


    The treble in the belfry.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Nov 2006

    The 7th in the foreground and tenor behind it.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Nov 2006
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2012-06-235024 Bristol Surprise Major
    2011-07-125056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2011-01-295152 Spliced Surprise Major (23 Methods)
    2008-09-205152 Bristol Surprise Major
    2007-11-035024 Bristol Surprise Major
    2007-05-175154 Bristol Surprise Major
    2004-04-245024 Rutland Surprise Major
    2003-05-125056 Cumberland Bob Major
    2003-03-135088 Pisces Surprise Major
    2001-05-035024 Westmorland Surprise Major
    2001-02-135184 Spliced Surprise Major
    2000-03-145184 Ruthenium Surprise Major
    1999-12-165021 Glasgow Surprise Major
    1999-06-175152 Holborn Surprise Major
    1997-02-275472 Spliced Surprise Major
    1994-09-225088 Jupiter Surprise Major
    1993-09-285088 London Surprise Major
    1992-08-265056 Bristol Surprise Major
    1991-09-105056 London Surprise Major
    1991-05-085040 Grandsire Triples
    1987-11-215152 Berkshire Surprise Major
    1984-11-305152 Queenborough Surprise Major
    1983-11-195184 London Surprise Major
    1982-11-205024 Bristol Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-06-291280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2017-11-251280 Superlative Surprise Major
    2013-11-231260 Stedman Triples
    2013-10-021280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
    2012-11-281260 Stedman Triples
    2006-11-141250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    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: 13 October 2019