Sydenham, St Bartholomew

Photo: Andrew Wood (London Churches in Photographs) londonchurchbuildings.com

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
Single Bell 8 cwt approx.36" 1832 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel


1831 Commissioners church (2nd Parliamentary Grant) of 1826-31 by Lewis Vulliamy, architect, William Woods, contractor (but work taken over by Thomas Smith) at a cost of £9357. It is Gothic with tower.
1832 Church consecrated by Dr Murray, the Bishop of Rochester on 30th August. Bell cast and hung in the new tower by Thomas Mears. [1] [2]
1855 Parish created from St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham.
1857 Chancel added.
1877 The Beckenham Journal suggested in March that a fund was started to put a ring of bells in the tower. This clearly didn't come to fruitition.
[1] The new church at Sydenham, in Kent, is to be consecrated on Friday next, the 24th instant. We understand that the charges for seats there are much higher than in the new churches in the metropolis. ( Morning Advertiser - Wed 22 Aug 1832)
[2] NEW CHURCH, SYDENHAM. - A correspondent informs us that the new Church at Sydenham, Kent will be consecrated on Thursday (to-morrow). at eleven o'clockin the forenoon, by the Lord Bishop of Rochester, and that on the following Sunday it will be regularly open for Divine Service. (Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Wed 29 Aug 1832)


Old postcard.

Elsewhere in the Parish

Sydenham, Passmore Edwards House for the Orphans of Teachers
Formerly 5 clock bells, 5 cwt approx

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 9 May 2020