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St Swithin London Stone

St Swithin London Stone, Cannon St

Photo: ASCY archive

  • Formerly 2 bells, 4 cwt approx.
  • Grid Ref: TQ330813
  • Diocese: London

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Service bell4 cwt approx.26½"1680Thomas BartlettNeverFate unknown.
Sanctus bell1 cwt approx.17¼"1755Thomas LesterNeverFate unknown


1552 Record of 4 bells and a sanctus. [1]
1603 Records mention ropes for 4 bells and a saunce bell. [3]
1607 Records mention ropes for the 4th and 5th bells. [2]
1608 Records mention "purchase of bells for quarter clockes" (£4.9.0). [4]
1661 Records refer to payments for ringing. [5]
1666 The ancient church was destroyed in the Great Fire. A "parcell of bell mettle" was sold for £13. [6]
1678 The church was rebuilt by Wren with a north west tower reaching a height of 150 ft.
1680 A bell was cast by Thomas Barlett.
1683 There was a payment to "Mr. Bartlett the bell founder (£5.8.0)", presumably to cast the service bell of 1680, or when noting this bell in 1897, FC Eeles misread the date, or it was an earlier recast of the sanctus bell.
1708 Record of 1 bell.
1755 A sanctus bell was cast by Thomas Lester.
1897 Record of 2 bells (large and small). [7]
1940 The church was slightly damaged in the War.
1954 The parish was united with that of St Stephen, Walbrook.
1962 The site was sold (in 1960) and the church ruins demolished. The fate of the bells is unknown.
[1] four bells and a saunce bell (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[3] (Churchwarden accounts, 1603-4)
[2] (Churchwarden accounts, 1607)
[4] (Churchwarden accounts, 1608-9)
[5] (Churchwarden accounts, 1661-2)
[6] (Churchwarden accounts, 1683)
[7] (Eeles, FC, 1897)

Pictures of the church


Pictures of the London Stone

An old photo of the London Stone set into the wall of the church.
Photo: ASCY archive

The stone today set into one of the office buildings on Cannon Street
Photo: Dickon R Love, 1 Dec 2002

The churchyard after the demolition

The Churchyard is preserved as an open area.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 1 Dec 2002

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