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1 1-3-1721" G 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Sharp 2 2-0-2222" F♯ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 2 2-1-1823" F 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 3 2-1-2424" E 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Flat 3 3-0-1826" E♭ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 4 3-3-1427" D 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Sharp 5 4-1-2128" C♯ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 5 4-3-2430" C 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 6 5-3-2532" B 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Flat 6 6-3-2333" B♭ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 7 8-0-235" A 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Flat 7 9-2-237" A♭ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 8 11-1-1839" G 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Sharp 9 13-3-1642" F♯ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 9 16-0-2044½" F 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 10 19-0-446" E 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never 11 27-2-1953" D 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Bass 41-3-060" C 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never Disused 2 ½ cwt approx.14" 1950 Unknown Never Disused 1 1 cwt approx.16⁹⁄₁₆" 1650 Unknown Never

Prior to 1940

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4½ cwt approx.28¾"E1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
2nd (of 8)5¼ cwt approx.30½"D♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
3rd (of 8)5½ cwt approx.30¾"C♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
4th (of 8)6¼ cwt approx.32¼"B1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
5th (of 8)7¾ cwt approx.34½"A1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
6th (of 8)9 cwt approx.36¾"G♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
7th (of 8)13½ cwt approx.43½"F♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
Tenor (of 8)19 cwt approx.48½"E1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
Clock Bell2 cwt approx.21"1760Lester & PackNeverDestroyed 1940

Prior to 1813

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
2nd (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
3rd (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
4th (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
5th (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
Tenor (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813

History

1649 On 4 Jan there was a terrific explosion in Tower Street (which killed 67 people) shook the tower, which at that time had a short spire and contained 5 bells. A decision was taken to rebuild it as it was considered dangerous.
1659 The new tower was completed. It was designed by Samuel Twin (bricklayer). It was surmounted by a timber, lead covered cupola, being one of the few Cromwellian towers left in the country. It was of deep red brick in 4 stages reaching a height of 80 feet. Following rebuilding, the 5 old bells were recast into 6 and the Sanctus bell was replaced. [1]
1708 Record of six bells "which chime at 4, 8 and 12 daily". [2]
1760 The clock bell was cast by Lester & Pack.
1813 The 6 bells were recast into a ring of 8 by Thomas Mears at a cost of £370 over and above the £653. 12s. 0d that was received for the old bells. [3]
1814 1st peal in the tower, completed by the Junior Society of Cumberland Youths, which is still recorded on a peal board at the base of the tower. [4]
1897 The bells were overhauled by Mears & Stainbank and reopened on Sat 18 Sept. [5]
1904 Church reopened after improvements (£11,000). [6]
c 1935 The bells had not been rung for some years, so Gillett & Johnston installed Ellacombe chiming apparatus.
1940 The bells were totally destroyed in a bombing raid. After the War, a new spire of copper was erected to the designs of Messrs Seely & Paget - the first original design for a spire in the City for over 200 years.
1947 The tower was judged to be unfit to carry ringing bells of adequate size, so a chimeThe tower was judged to be unfit to carry ringing bells of adequate size, so a chime of 18 bells was cast by John Taylor. This was done as a gift from Mr J. H. McConnell of "The Montreal Star", Canada. (The term "carillon" cannot be properly ascribed to this collection of bells. According to the World Carillon Federation, the definition of a carillon is fixed as follows: "A carillon is a musical instrument composed of tuned bronze bells which are played from a baton keyboard". Only those carillons having at least 23 bells will be taken into consideration. Instruments built before 1940 and composed of between 15 and 22 bells may be designated as 'historical carillons'. Hence All Hallows has a "chime" rather than a "carillon".)
1948 The bells were first rung on 19 July as the Queen laid the foundation stone of the east wall.
1966 A disused bell from St Dunstan-in-the-East was moved to the crypt here.
[1] [A] Walters Mss. states that according to Marshall’s history of the parish the churchwardens paid £105 in 1659 for "new bells and frames". [B] Strype: The Steeple of Brick was erected and built from the Foundation, and a sixth Bell added, and the Church new lay'd with ten Inch Tiles, and beautified at the Cost of the Parishioners, and some others, (as appears in the Register Book) 1659. ([A] Walters Mss, [B] A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, John Strype 1720)
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[3] (Walters Mss)
[4] [A] "Monday evening the Junior Society of London Cumberland Youths ascended the west-end brick tower of Barking Church, Tower-street, London, and rang a complete maiden peal on the new bells, in Mr. John Holt’s ten-course method, on [sic] grandsire tripples, containing 5040 musical changes, conducted by Mr. John Noonan, which was brought round in three hours and eight minutes. Weight of the tenor, 19 cwt. in the key of F. " [B] "On Monday evening last, the Junior Society of London Cumberland Youths ascended the west end brick Tower of Barking Church, in Tower-street, London, and rung a complete maiden peal on the new bells, in Mr. JOHN HOLT’S ten course methods, on grandsire triples, containing 5,040 musical changes, and conducted by Mr. JOHN NOONAN, which was most ably brought round in three hours and eight minutes." ( [A] Morning Chronicle, Wed. 30 March 1814, [B] Morning Post, Sat. 2 April 1814)
[5] "The bells of All Hallows Barking, Great Tower Street, E.C., have been overhauled by Messrs. Mears & Stainbank, and were reopened by the local ringers on Saturday, September 18th." (Church Bells 24 September 1897 pg 896)
[6] (Church of England Year Book, 1 Nov 1904)

Articles

  • "The Collegiate Church of All Hallows, Berkyngchirche-by-the-Tower", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 10 December 1971
  • "The Lost Bells of London (7) Other City Churches", Cook, William T (The Ringing World) 2 March 1973
  • The church prior to the War


    How the church looked prior to the bombing raid of 1940.
    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection

    This is an engraving from 1705.
    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection

    The ruined church


    Following the bombing raid of 1940, the church was rebuilt.
    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection

    The belfry


    Bell 17.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    Michael Royalton-Kisch demonstrating the console.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    A disused ship's bell at the base of the tower.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    Peal Boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1818

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 7 December 2010

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-03-205152 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2020-03-205040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2020-03-185040 Doubles (14m/p)
    2020-03-175040 Spliced Surprise Minor (17m)
    2020-03-165040 (7m) Surprise Minor
    2020-03-165760 Spliced Thirds Place Delight Minor (42m)
    2020-03-165088 Fylde Coast Surprise Major
    2020-03-165040 Minor (7m)
    2020-03-165200 Spliced Surprise Royal (4m)
    2020-03-165064 Stedman Caters
    2020-03-155088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-03-155042 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    2020-03-155184 Lindum Surprise Major
    2020-03-155040 Xtraction Alliance Major
    2020-03-155040 7 Suprise Minor
    2020-03-155024 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-03-155184 Spliced Surprise Major (7m)
    2020-03-145056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2020-03-145040 Grandsire Triples
    2020-03-145050 Stedman Caters
    2020-03-145040 Minor (7m)
    2020-03-145088 London Surprise Major
    2020-03-145056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2020-03-145024 Platinum Surprise Major
    2020-03-145090 Zanussi Surprise Maximus
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-04-021272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2020-03-271250 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2020-03-261272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2020-03-231260 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-03-221260 Stedman Doubles
    2020-03-221341 Grandsire Cinques
    2020-03-211280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-03-211284 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2020-03-211346 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
    2020-03-211440 Spliced Surprise Minor (2m)
    2020-03-211320 Norfolk Surprise Minor
    2020-03-201260 Stedman Doubles
    2020-03-201260 Doubles (5m/5v)
    2020-03-201320 Union Bob Singles
    2020-03-201272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2020-03-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-03-181320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2020-03-181260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2020-03-181260 Doubles and Minor (1p/4m)
    2020-03-181320 Plain Bob Cinques
    2020-03-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-03-171320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2020-03-171320 Bourne Surprise Minor
    2020-03-171260 Spliced Minor (3m)
    2020-03-171440 Sandiacre Surprise Minor
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 2 April 2020