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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
St Peter ad Vincula

St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming
  • Tenor: 3-3-3 in E.
  • Grid Ref: TQ335805
  • Diocese: London

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
҂ Single Bell 3-3-326¾" E 1659 John Hodson, Whitechapel1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


1250 The Close Rolls refer to two small bells in the Tower of London.
1607 Articles refer to the use of the tower bell as a curfew bell.
1651 A small bell was (re)cast for the tower near the Lieutenant's lodgings. It is not known who cast this bell, but it bears the initials WB.
1659 A bell was (re)cast for the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and hung in the cupola above the tower.
1854 A clock chime of 3 bells was supplied by Charles & George Mears at a cost of £101 13s. 7d. [1]
1971 The cupola of the chapel was reconstructed. The bell was cleaned by shot blasting, quarter turned and rehung on a new timber headstock by Whitechapel.
[1] Hon Board of Ordnance [index book says "The Tower of London, Quarters & Hour, 3, 7¾ cwt", bells for clock 3-0-17, 3-3-19, 7-3-23 (15-0-3) @ 6/15/4 £101.13.7 (Whitechapel Daybook, 4 Feb 1854)

Pictures of the church




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