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Treble 5-1-028" F 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 2 5-2-529" E 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 3 6-1-131" D 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 4 7-2-1833" C 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 5 8-1-835" B♭ 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 6 9-2-2437" A 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 7 12-1-2041" G 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never Tenor 18-1-2146" F 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

The original set of four installed in the 1447 tower

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
One of the above1506UnknownNeverRecast 1529
Treble (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529
2nd (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529
3rd (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529
Tenor (of 4)1457UnknownNeverRecast either 1506 below or 1529

The 1529 set of four and subsequent recasts

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
One of the above1567UnknownNeverRecast 1587
One of the above1566UnknownNeverRecast 1587
Tenor (of 4)18-0-131529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below
3rd (of 4)1529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below
2nd (of 4)1529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below
Treble (of 4)1529Thomas LawrenceNeverRecast 1587 or as below

The Robert Mot ring of six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Sanctus3½ cwt approx.25½"1587Robert MotNeverDestroyed in 1941
Treble (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
2nd (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
3rd (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
4th (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
5th (of 6)1587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731
Tenor (of 6)28-2-71587Robert MotNeverRecast 1731 having been broken

The Richard Phelps ring of eight

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)6 cwt approx.31½"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
2nd (of 8)7 cwt approx.32¼"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
3rd (of 8)8-0-234½"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
4th (of 8)9-1-2137"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
5th (of 8)11-3-741"1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1921
6th (of 8)13-1-343½"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
7th (of 8)18-2-448¼"1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
Tenor (of 8)27½ cwt approx.54"1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1921

The bells that were damaged or destroyed in 1941

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Sanctus3½ cwt approx.25½"1587Robert MotNeverDestroyed in 1941
Treble (of 8)6 cwt approx.31½"D♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverNever weighed. Combined weight of 1&2 was 13-0-8. Recast 1960.
2nd (of 8)7 cwt approx.32¼"CDefacedMears & StainbankNeverInscription defaced. Never weighed. Combined weight of 1&2 was 13-0-8. Recast 1960.
3rd (of 8)8-0-234½"B♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
4th (of 8)9-1-2137"A♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
5th (of 8)11-3-741"G♭1921Mears & StainbankNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
6th (of 8)13-1-343½"F1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
7th (of 8)18-2-448¼"E♭1731Richard PhelpsNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960
Tenor (of 8)26-3-254"D♭1921Mears & StainbankNeverDamaged 1941, recast 1960

History

1447 The tower was built.
1457 Four bells installed in the tower.
1506 One of the 4 bells was recast.
1529 The bells were recast by Thomas Lawrence into a new ring of 4, tenor 18-0-13.
1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1566 One of the bells was recast.
1567 Another bell was recast.
1587 All the bells were recast with extra metal by Robert Mot to create a ring of 8 bells, tenor 28-2-7. A Sanctus bell was also cast which was to remain in the tower until 1941.
1667 The church escaped the Great Fire of London.
1684 Work began to rebuild the church, designed by Wren, although part of the old tower was left.
1692 The rebuilding work was completed.
1709 Record of 6 bells in the tower (Paterson) "and two more intended".
1731 The bells were recast into a ring of 8 bells by Richard Phelps. [2]
1920 The 5th and tenor were recast by Mears & Stainbank when the bells were rehung with new fittings in a new iron frame at a total cost of £515.
1941 The church was gutted in an air raid. The bells had been left up and were heard to ring down as the church was burning. They were left hanging, cracked in the tower until they were replaced 20 years later. [3]
1961 The old bells were recast into a lighter ring of 8 by Mears & Stainbank and were rung for the reopening of the church in this year.
[1] (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "This day the Eight Bells belonging to the Parish Church of St. Andrews Holborne, were taken down; and carried to Mr. Phelp's, Bell-Founder in Whitechapel, in order to be new cast." [Norwich Gazette, 5 June 1731] "This Day the Sett of Bells, belonging to the Parifh Church of St. Andrew's Holbourn [sic], were taken down and carried to Mr. Phelps's Bell-Founder, at Whitechapel, in order to be new cast." [The St. James' Evening Post, Sat. 29 May 1731] "This Day the Sett of Bells belonging to the Parifh Church of St. Andrew's Holbourn [sic] were taken down, in order to be new caft by Mr. Richard Phelps of Whitechapel, the Tenor being broke, and others crack 'd" [The Whitehall Evening Post, Sat. 29 May 1731] "The same Day [Yesterday], in the Morning, eight new Bells that were Cast by Mr. Phelps at Whitechapel were brought to St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn, and three of them hang’d up in the Afternoon. They were tun’d by the Approbation of Mr. Stanley, Organist of the said Church" [Daily Advertiser, Tues. 24 Aug. 1731] "A new Ring of eight Bells having been cast by Mr. Phelps of Whitechapel, for the Parish of St. Andrew’s, Holborn, the same were Yesterday brought home, and will be hung with all Expedition. The Tennor [sic] weighs 27 Hundredweight and half." [Daily Courant, Tues. 24 Aug. 1731; also Fog’s Weekly Journal, Sat. 28 Aug. 1731 with ‘last Monday’ vice ‘Yesterday’] "The Set of new Bells which was lately hung up in the Steeple of St. Andrew’s Holbourn [sic], was Yesterday rung for the first time by the London Scholars, and a handsome Entertainment was given to the said Ringers at the Fountain-Inn, Hatton-Garden." [Daily Advertiser, Tues. 7 Sept. 1731] (Various newspaper articles)
[3] "Take another case, St Andrew's, Holborn. These bells are fitted with iron headstocks, and hung in an iron bell-frame. The Tower is gutted right through but the bells are still hanging in their framework, although every bit of the timber made fittings is destroyed. The bells are however cracked, due to the heat" (Letter from AA Hughes to the Rector of St.Andrew Undershaft, 15 May 1941 (per David Cawley Apr 2004))

Articles

  • "St Andrew's, Holborn", Cook, William T (The Ringing World) 5 May 1972
  • The church


    The church in 1838
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    The belfry


    The treble in the belfry.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Nov 2006

    The 7th in the foreground and tenor behind it.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 25 Nov 2006
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-11-195040 Pontefract Surprise Royal
    2019-11-195024 Vicissitudinous Delight Major
    2019-11-195040 Spliced Surprise Minor (22m)
    2019-11-195088 Danesburgh Surprise Major
    2019-11-195005 Stedman Caters
    2019-11-195088 Falmouth Surprise Major
    2019-11-185040 Avon Delight Maximus
    2019-11-185024 Yate Delight Major
    2019-11-185040 Surprise Minor
    2019-11-185040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2019-11-175004 Stedman Caters
    2019-11-175040 Grandsire Triples
    2019-11-175040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2019-11-1710240 Spliced Surprise Major (40m)
    2019-11-175184 Ytterbium Surprise Major
    2019-11-175088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-11-175152 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2019-11-175002 Triton Delight Royal
    2019-11-175130 Grandsire Caters
    2019-11-175040 London No 3 Surprise Royal
    2019-11-175088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-11-175152 Barnes Surprise Major
    2019-11-175152 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2019-11-175100 Centennial Alliance Major
    2019-11-175040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-11-191296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191272 Kingston Treble Bob Minor
    2019-11-191280 Mixed Doubles
    2019-11-191320 Arley Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191260 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-11-191282 Woodspring Surprise Royal
    2019-11-191320 King Edward Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191260 Minor (3m)
    2019-11-191320 Danbury Delight Minor
    2019-11-191296 Hitcham Delight Minor
    2019-11-191260 Grandsire Doubles
    2019-11-191280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2019-11-191344 Plain Bob Major
    2019-11-191260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2019-11-191280 Spliced Minor
    2019-11-191260 Doubles
    2019-11-191280 Ealing Surprise Major
    2019-11-191344 Plain Bob Major
    2019-11-181280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-11-181260 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-11-181296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-11-181260 Doubles (2m)
    2019-11-181260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
    2019-11-181259 Grandsire Caters
    2019-11-181280 Painswick Surprise Major
    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: 19 November 2019