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St Botolph-without-Aldersgate
 

St Botolph-without-Aldersgate, Aldersgate


Photo: Dickon Love, May 2001

  • 2 bells hung dead with electronic hammers
  • Tenor: 12-0-14 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ321815
  • Frame: Timber frame likely to be c. 1792.
  • Diocese: London
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Large bell 12-0-1441" G 1847 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never
Small bell 2 cwt approx.22" 1755 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1847

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Large bell11-3-7UnknownNett weight minus staple and dirt

Prior to 1796

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)UnknownTower rebuilt 1796 without all the bells
2nd (of 5)UnknownTower rebuilt 1796 without all the bells
3rd (of 5)UnknownTower rebuilt 1796 without all the bells
4th (of 5)UnknownTower rebuilt 1796 without all the bells
Tenor (of 5)UnknownTower rebuilt 1796 without all the bells

History

1552 Record of 3 bells and a sanctus. [1]
1627 Old church repaired and a large portion of the steeple rebuilt.
1666 Church slightly damaged in the Great Fire.
1708 Record of "5 bells to ring in a Peal".
1714 Paterson recorded 5 bells. [2]
1730 Laughton mentions the bells and ringing conditions in 1730. He counts six bells, the tenor being "625 years old" [in 1730].
1755 The current smaller bell was cast.
1790 The church was pulled down and a new one erected at a cost of £10,000, by Nathaniel Wright. The 5 bells were dismantled and probably disposed of at this time, apart from the one that is still in the tower.
1792 The new church was completed. The frame probably dates from this time.
1847 The single bell was recast by Whitechapel and the Sanctus was refitted. [3]
1897 F C. Eeles recorded two bells, one (the small one) on top of the steeple, the other in the tower.
1996 A major restoration took place in the church and the service bell was rehung dead in its frame to allow it to be rung with an internal hammer.
[1] "iij (?) bells & a sayntes bell" (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] ()
[3] [A] "Churchwardens of St.Botolph, Aldersgate Street. By old bell 11-3-21, less 14 staple and dirt, 11-3-7 nett @ £4/4/2 £49.12.3" [B] "Bell 12-0-14 £76.7.9, clapper, stock wheel ironwork stay and slider, stock and ironwork complete and roller for a 22 Inch Bell £11.10.0, 1 bell rope £2.2.0" ([A] Whitechapel Daybook, 23 Aug 1847, [B] Whitechapel Daybook 1 Dec 1847)

Old engravings


Old engraving.
Photo:

Photos of the belfry


The larger bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Jan 2007

Looking up to the smaller bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Jan 2007

The larger bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Jan 2007

The larger bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Jan 2007

The larger bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Jan 2007

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