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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
St Margaret Lothbury

St Margaret Lothbury, Lothbury

Photo: Dickon Love, 2 Jun 2004

  • 3 bells hung dead in old ringing frame rung with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 8-2-23 in B♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ327812
  • Frame: Middle bell in timber framed dated 1841. Others in timber frame dating from later in the 19th Century.
  • Diocese: London
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
1 4-1-174-3-929" D 1841 Thomas Mears II, WhitechapelNever
2 5-1-1730½" C 1682 James Bartlett, WhitechapelNever
3 8-2-2335½" B♭ 1749 Thomas Lester, WhiechapelNever

 - Hung dead


How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1841

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
1-3-171-3-17UnknownNeverNot known whether hung or stored, possibly ex-Bart's bythe Exchange. Sold1841.
2-0-262-0-26UnknownNeverNot known whether hung or stored, possibly ex-Bart's bythe Exchange. Sold1841.


1552 Record of 3 bells and a sanctus. [1]
1571 Record of sexton's wages for ringing the bells evening and morning and candles to ring with.
1583 Record of charges for ringing for weddings, christenings, churchings and burials - mentions fore bell, second bell, third bell and great bell., and dutites of the clerk, including finding baldricks and bearing other charges of the three lesser bells "except the breking of the bells, wheles of frames or clappers" to be borne by the parish.
1590 The tenor (of 4) was recast.
1666 The church was destroyed in the Great Fire. "... all the bell metle that is left to be kept by Mr. Stonehill until further order." [2]
1682 The present second was cast - possibly 2 bells were cast to occupy the new belfry at this time.
1686 -90 The church was rebuilt by Wren with a tower at the west end to a total height of 140 ft.
1708 Record of 2 bells. [3]
1749 The present tenor was cast (possibly recast from the 1682 bell).
1824 Record of 2 bells. [4]
1841 On 9 Apr a bell was supplied (to be the treble) by Thomas Mears II with frame and fittings, for which two bells were taken in part exchange (13th July). The exchanged bells were not the ones that were in the tower mentioned above and may have come from St Bartholomew by the Exchange.
1894 When the church of St Olave, Old Jewry was pulled down, and the 3 bells and clock from that church were stored in the church. These bells have since been moved to St Olave, Woodberry Down, Stoke Newington. [5]
1953 The bells were quarter turned and rehung dead in their existing pits. The fittings consist of hardwood deadstocks, securing ironwork and Ellacombe chiming apparatus. Each bell has its canons intact and has its cast-in crown staple retained. This work was carried out by Mears & Stainbank.
[1] iij belles and the sayntes belle hanginge in the steple (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] (Churchwardens Accounts)
[3] ()
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[5] In this tower are now also placed the three bells formerly hanging in the tower of St.Olave, Jewry. The treble is on the 2nd floor of the tower, the tenor and second on the first floor. (CHH March 1907))

Pictures of the church

The church in 1908.
Photo: Spitalfields Life

Pictures from the belfry

The tenor and treble in their 19th Century frame.
Photo: Dickon R Love, Jan 2007

The old 2nd frame at the back.
Photo: Dickon R Love, Jan 2007

The 1682 Bartlett bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, Jan 2007

The treble bell.
Photo: Dickon R Love, Jan 2007

The ceiling under the bells. The three chiming rooms can be seen as well as three holes where the bells were originally rung full circle from. The purpose of this picture is to show that the bells were originally rung from the corner of the tower in a sma
Photo: Dickon R Love, Jan 2007

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