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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
St Giles-without-Cripplegate

St Giles-without-Cripplegate, Cripplegate

Photo: Dickon Love, 24 Apr 2004

  • 13 bells hung for full circle ringing (ring of 12 plus sharp 2nd)
  • Tenor: 34-0-6 in C♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ323816
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1954 Mears & Stainbank, metal.
  • Diocese: London
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 5-2-727" G♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 2 5-2-1228" F♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 3 5-3-029" E♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 4 6-3-431" D♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 5 7-3-2733" C♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 6 7-3-2434" B♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 7 9-0-236" A♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 8 11-0-539" G♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 9 14-2-643" F♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 10 17-2-1846" E♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® 11 24-0-1751¼" D♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® Tenor 34-0-657¼" C♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
® Sharp 2nd 5-1-2227¼" A♯ 2006 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Lower tier 1 Ring of 12 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Cast iron

Upper tier 2 Sharp 2nd


The earliest known ring of 5 bells

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
SanctusUnknownRecast 1772
Treble (of 5)UnknownRecast 1683
2 (of 5)UnknownRecast 1772
3 (of 5)UnknownRecast 1685
4 (of 5)16-3-71579Robert MotRecast 1683
Tenor (of 5)22-3-01579Robert MotRecast 1772

The 5 were augmented to 6 with a tenor

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 6)1631UnknownRecast 1655

Subsequent recasts

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 6)1666John HodsonRecast 1683
Tenor (of 6)1655Ellis KnightRecast 1666

Augmentation to 8 with 2 trebles

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)1668John HodsonRecast 1772
2 (of 8)1668John HodsonRecast 1772

Subsequent recasts from the ring of 8

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
5 (of 8)1685William WightmanRecast 1772
Tenor (of 8)1685William WightmanRecast 1772
3 (of 8)1683William WightmanRecast 1772
6 (of 8)1683William WightmanRecast 1772
Tenor (of 8)1683William WightmanRecast 1685

Augmentation to 10, although details of this augmentation are unknown

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 10)UnknownRecast 1772
2 (of 10)UnknownRecast 1772

A new ring of 10 bells

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Clock4 cwt approx.25"1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
Treble7¼ cwt approx.30½"F1772Pack & ChapmanRecast 1783
26-3-131½"E♭1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
37-3-1333¼"D♭1772Pack & Chapman1783 (skirted) & poss 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
48-2-535"C1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
59-2-2137"B♭1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
611-1-2140"A♭1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
715-1-1043"G♭1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
817-2-346"F1772Pack & Chapman1783 (skirted) & poss 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
924-0-452"E♭1772Pack & ChapmanPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
Tenor36-1-2457¾"D♭1772Pack & Chapman1783 (skirted)Recast 1787

Subsequent recasts

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 10)37-1-758¼"D♭1787Robert PatrickPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
Treble (of 10)F1783Robert PatrickRecast 1792

Augmentation to 12 bells

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 12)6 cwt approx.28"A♭1792John BriantPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940
2 (of 12)6 cwt approx.G♭1792John BriantRecast 1908
3 (of 12)6-0-330"F1792John BriantPossibly 1849 (Mears)Destroyed 1940

Subsequent recasts

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2 (of 12)6-1-1430"G♭1908John Warner & SonsDestroyed 1940


1545 The tower and existing bells destroyed by fire on 12 Sept. One record says "at about five of the clock, was Saynt Gyles Church burned, belles and all, without Crepellgate". Another "Sent Gylles's church at Creppylgate burned alle hole save the walles, stepall belles and alle."
1551 7 cwt of bell metal was sold for £11.13.4 to "one Owen Bellfounder". This was probably the remains of the metal after the 1545 fire.
1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
1572 -3 Record of 3 bell ropes purchased and tenor clapper repaired.
1573 -4 A new tenor clapper was bought (for 4s). Mention is made of "the great bell clapper twise broken".
1575 -6 Record of money for "lytle bell whele" of 6s.4d.
1576 -7 Record of repairs to the 3rd (of 5) clapper.
1577 -8 Records mention a Saunce bell.
1578 A new clock and dial were provided. Also a record of repairs to the great bell baldrycke and yrons.
1579 4th and 5th (of 5) recast by Robert Mott. They were given new clappers and new wheels and stocks.
1631 The church was rebuilt. Alicia, Duchess of Dudley, gave the great bell "and was at the charge of casting and hanging the other five bells".
1649 Record of 6 bells and a sanctus in the tower.
1655 Ellis Knight of Reading recast the tenor (which was cracked) for £22.7s.6d.
1656 Treble and tenor rehung by James Allen for £11.11s.
1666 Treble and tenor (of 6) recast by Hodson. The church survived the Great Fire of London.
1668 2 trebles were added to make 8 bells, by Hodson.
1682 The vestry agreed to raise the steeple fifteen feet higher and new cased, a new clock and chimes to be made, and a new frame for the bells, etc.
1683 The vestry "ordered that the third, sixth and biggest bells be cast and made tuneable to ring in peale to answer the other". (Probably by William Wightman.)
1685 Tenor (of 8) recast by William Wightman (who was a resident in the parish).
1686 5th (of 8) recast by William Wightman.
1710 Record of 10 bells in the tower.
1714 Paterson noted "eleven fine bells" in the tower.
1722 Clock built and installed (by Langley Bradley) striking the hours on a clock bell in the turret on top of the tower.
1726 /7 Record of 10 bells in the tower.
1742 Bells rehung by Robert Catlin.
1758 The fulcra and wheels were repaired by Joseph Eayre of St Neots for £45.11.0.
1772 The tenor was cracked and the whole ring of ten was in a sorry state. Therefore they were all recast by Pack & Chapman for £315.11s. A new clock bell was cast, presented by Sir W. Staines.
1783 Treble recast and the 3rd, 8th and tenor (of 10) tuned by opening and skirting.
1787 The tenor, which had become cracked, was recast by John Warner of Fleet Street "contractor" in association with Robert Patrick "founder" for £50.
1792 Treble recast and 2 further trebles added to make 12 bells by John Briant of Hertford. A chime machine was erected by George Harman of High Wycombe (a cooper by trade but a very successful amateur clock and chime maker). The chimes were considered by many to be the best in London and used to play 7 tunes.
1816 Repairs effected.
1849 Bells retuned (?) by Mears and several alterations to the chimes were made.
1904 Church reopened on 23 October.
1908 2nd recast and bells rehung in a new steel frame by Warners.
1940 Church destroyed on 29 Dec during an air raid in World War II which gutted the tower and destroyed its contents, including most of the bells. (NB there are references in the church and ringing room to an August raid and one the following year, neither of which were as signficant as this one.)
1954 New ring of 12 bells cast by Mears & Stainbank.
1998 Bells refurbished by Hayward Mills Associates, funded by the church and the ASCY.
2006 A sharp 2nd was cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry following an appeal through the ASCY.
[1] Fyve Belles greate and small. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Pictures of the church



Wartime photos

The remains of some of the bells after the church was bombed in the 1940 air raid.
Photo: Hulton Archive

A view of the area after the bombings.
Photo: Simmons Aerofilms, with permission.

The bells

The new sharp 2nd received on Friday 15th Sept 2006. Gwen Rogers (tower secretary) and Rev Katherine Rumens (Rector).
Photo: Dickon R Love, 15 Sept 2006

The sharp 2nd.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 15 Sept 2006

The sharp 2nd.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 15 Sept 2006
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-09-265088 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2022-05-305063 Stedman Cinques
2021-11-275021 Stedman Cinques
2020-01-265009 Stedman Cinques
2019-10-145009 Stedman Cinques
2019-08-105090 Spliced Surprise Maximus (3m)
2019-03-185184 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2019-02-185009 Stedman Cinques
2016-12-295042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
2016-08-205074 Stedman Cinques
2015-06-095029 Spliced Cinques and Maximus
2015-01-315007 Stedman Cinques
2014-11-015040 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2014-09-255024 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
2014-04-265040 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2013-11-055024 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
2013-06-235042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
2013-04-165050 Stedman Cinques
2011-06-235024 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
2011-06-155152 Spliced Surprise Major (23 Methods)
2011-05-265152 Spliced Surprise Major (13 Methods)
2011-01-145120 Spliced Surprise Major (20 Methods)
2010-11-065088 Spliced Maximus (9m)
2010-10-015024 Spliced Surprise Major (6 Methods)
2010-09-265152 Spliced Surprise Major (14 Methods)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-08-091344 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2022-06-031296 Spliced Royal (2m)
2022-05-261482 Spliced Triples and Major (2m)
2022-02-081344 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2018-09-011259 Grandsire Caters
2017-03-041311 Stedman Cinques
2016-10-231317 Stedman Caters
2016-10-011293 Stedman Caters
2014-11-011280 Spliced Surprise Royal
2014-07-081319 Carter's Cinques
2014-07-041299 Stedman Cinques
2014-06-041500 Stedman Triples
2013-06-031344 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2011-03-251274 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2011-03-081346 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
2011-01-131272 Spliced surprise Minor (12m)
2010-12-031320 Grandsire Cinques
2010-08-131298 Avon Delight Maximus
2010-08-101250 Rigel Surprise Maximus
2010-01-121250 Rigel Surprise Maximus
2009-09-081392 Spliced Maximus (4 Methods)
2009-04-141323 Stedman Cinques
2009-03-221318 Stedman Cinques
2009-01-131344 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2008-09-091296 Orion Surprise Maximus
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