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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
St Margaret Pattens

St Margaret Pattens, Eastcheap

Photo: Dickon Love, 15 Aug 2001

  • Single bell hung for full circle ringing and small bell hung dead
  • Tenor: 6-0-6 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TQ331808
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: Timber frames. The smaller is dated c.1700, the larger early 19th Cent.
  • Diocese: London
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 2014)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Service Bell 6-0-66-0-2222¹⁵⁄₁₆" C 1768 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel2014 Whitechapel
Priest's Bell 2-0-252-1-731⅛" F♯ 1624 Thomas Bartlett, Whitechapel2014 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing
 - Hung dead



1552 Record of a single bell. [1]
1624 The smaller bell was cast.
1666 The church was destroyed in the Great Fire. The small bell somehow survived it, or maybe the current bell in the tower was not present during the time of the fire.
1684 The church was rebuilt by Wren.
c 1700 The smaller frame was built.
1708 Record of 2 bells.
1768 The larger bell was recast.
1824 Record of 2 bells.
1923 The bells were rehung with new fittings by Mears & Stainbank and the existing frame, which dates back to the early 19th century, was strengthened.
2001 Building work at the base of the tower necessitated the ringing of the bell to be done on the 1st floor (rather than the ground floor).
2009 The bells were inspected and a report was made by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
2014 The bells were removed from the tower, sandblasted, tuned, and rehung by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The larger bell received new fittings for full circle ringing, while the smaller bell was fitted with an electric solenoid hammer. They were rededicated in 2015 by the Bishop of London.
[1] One bell in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Pictures of the church




The church in 1920.
Photo: Spitalfields Life

Pictures from the belfry

David Cawley attending to the bell rope on the ringing bell with the chiming bell in the background. This rope is all that remains from the set that used to ring the bells of St Dunstan in the East. The rope had to be replaced when the bell was rehung in
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 June, 2001

The main ringing bell following restoration.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 13 Mar 2015

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