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      Love's Guide to

The Bells of the City of London
St Stephen Coleman St

St Stephen Coleman St, Coleman St

Photo: ASCY archive

  • Formerly ring of 8 bells, 14 cwt approx
  • Grid Ref: TQ326813
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Diocese: London
  • Peals rung at the tower

The ring of 8 destroyed in 1940

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Clock1672UnknownNeverDestroyed 1940
Treble24½"F♯1693James BartlettNeverDestroyed 1940
226"E♯1693James BartlettNeverDestroyed 1940
328"D♯1693James BartlettNeverDestroyed 1940
429½"C♯1722John WaylettNeverDestroyed 1940
532¾"B1693James BartlettNeverDestroyed 1940
634¾"A♯1693James BartlettNeverDestroyed 1940
738"G♯1721John WaylettNeverDestroyed 1940
Tenor14 cwt approx.43"F♯1833Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940

Earlier bells from the ring of 8

Bell Weight Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
4 (of 8)C♯1693James BartlettNeverRecast 1722
7 (of 8)G♯1693James BartlettNeverRecast 1721
Tenor (of 8)F♯1693James BartlettNeverRecast 1833


1466 Record of a single bell and a smaller bell on the steeple. [1]
c 1530 According to tradition, in the 1530s, the bells of the Priory of the Holy Trinity, Aldgate, were divided at the Dissolution between this church and Stepney, five being sent here.
1542 No mention of bells in the inventory of this year.
1552 Record of 5 bells and a sanctus. [2]
1666 The church and bells were destroyed in the Great Fire.
1672 A clock bell was cast.
1674 The church was rebuilt by Wren with a north west steeple consisting of a stone tower, lead covered lantern with a small spire crowned by a golden vane in the form of a cock. The tower was about 65 feet high with a lantern of about 20 feet. The clock bell was hung dead at the top of the wooden erection on top of the tower. The church was finished in 1681.
1693 A ring of 8 bells was cast by James Bartlett.
1708 Record of 8 bells.
1721 The 7th was recast by John Waylett.
1722 The 4th was recast by John Waylett.
1809 T Mears & Son gave an estimate "to recast the old eight into a new ring of eight (13 cwt) with mainly new fittings in the old frame (price £245.8s). This never happened. [3]
1824 Record of 6 bells (clearly a mistake).
1833 The tenor was recast by Thomas Mears.
1916 The bells were overhauled and put into ringing order by John Warner & Sons.
1940 The church was bombed and destroyed. The site was sold.
1954 The parish was united with that of St Margaret Lothbury,
2009 Dennis Brock, probably the last person alive to have run at this church, told Dickon Love about his memories of ringing here. [4]
[1] "Item j howsling bell wt j lytyll bell to hong in the stepyl on ye dedleacon". (Church inventory, 1466)
[2] "v belles and a sawnce bell (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[3] (Guildhall Library: Ms.9427)
[4] In 2009, af the Dedication of the new ring of bells at St Magnus the Martyr, Dennis Brock told me about his memories of ringing at St Stephen's Coleman Street (as well as memories on ringing on the old bells at St Magnus). He said he was very pleased to have been able to ring there, implying that it was not always straightforward to be able to ring at different towers. He said that he thought the bells were very nice, which rather surprised me given how they look on paper. It is said (although not directly to me) that Olive Rogers thought they were pretty dreadful as the ropes were too close to the walls. (Dickon Love recollections in 2020)

Pictures of the church


The ruins of the church before its final demolition after the War.
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
1907-10-055056 New Cambridge Surprise Major
1907-06-085056 London Surprise Major
1906-12-295040 Stedman Triples
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