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Treble Henry 3-0-2123⅝" G♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never 2 William 3-1-824¼" Fx 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never 3 Edward 3-2-225⅜" E♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never 4 Andrew 4-0-1127¼" D♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never 5 Anne 4-2-1129¼" C♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never 6 Charles 5-1-2230¼" B♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never 7 Philip 7-0-1233¼" A♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never Tenor Elizabeth 9-1-2537" G♯ 2012 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never Quarter 1 1-1-2519¼" A 1686 Philip Wightman, Clerkenwell 1988 Whitechapel Quarter 2 2-0-1722" G♭ 1682 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1988 Whitechapel Hour 6-1-1431¾" D♭ 1700 Philip Wightman, Clerkenwell 1988 Whitechapel

Prior to 1666

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 4)UnknownDestroyed in the Great Fire of 1666
2nd (of 4)UnknownDestroyed in the Great Fire of 1666
3rd (of 4)UnknownDestroyed in the Great Fire of 1666
Tenor (of 4)UnknownDestroyed in the Great Fire of 1666

History

1552 No record in the 1552 Inventory.
1624 The ancient parish church was extensively repaired and enlarged.
1650 An attempt was made to sell the 4 bells in the tower. This was unsuccessful and they appear to have remained until the Great Fire.
1666 Church and bells destroyed in the Great Fire.
1676 Foundation for new church, designed by Wren, was laid.
1682 Church opened for worship, being completely finished the following year with a west tower rising to 125 ft. One of the bells was cast, the bellfounder's bill being £13.13.0.
1686 Bell cast by William & Philip Wightman for St Michael Queenhithe. (This was the old treble.)
1700 Bell cast by Philip Wightman.
1708 Paterson records no bells in the tower. This is clearly a mistake.
1854 Major restoration of tower and spire.
1875 St Michael, Queenhithe was demolished, and its bell given to St James'.
1988 Bells cleaned and retuned by Whitechapel, crown staples removed and stress relieving centre holes drilled. The 2 trebles were rehung dead with the clock striking on the 2nd. The tenor was rehung for swinging with a lever.
2012 A new ring of 8 bells was cast at Whitechapel. They were originally hung for change ringing in a purpose built tower in a warehouse in Edenbridge. The tower and bells were then transferred to a boat called "Ursula Katherine". This boat led the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd June and were rung to a quarter peal and various other touches. The bells were then transferred to St James', dedicated on 17th June.

Articles

  • "New Diamond Jubilee Bells for the City of London", Love, Dickon R (Ringing World) 16 December 2011
  • "Royal Jubilee Bells for the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 24 January 2012
  • "Nationwide ringing for the Diamond Jubilee - 3pm on Sunday 3rd June", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 27 April 2012
  • "Ding Dong its the Jubilee Bells", Robinson, Phil (Mail on Sunday) 27 May 2012
  • "Royal visit to Whitechapel heralds a summer of bells", Hughes, Kathryn (The Ringing World) 1 June 2012
  • "These bells float!", Donahue, Hilary (The Ringing World) 1 June 2012
  • "First peal on the Royal Jubilee Bells", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 1 June 2012
  • "The Royal Jubilee Bells herald Her Majesty on the River Thames", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 27 July 2012
  • "The view from the bridge", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 27 July 2012
  • "John Barrowman learns to handle a bell", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 27 July 2012
  • "A Jubilee river of sound", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 27 July 2012
  • "The Royal Jubilee Bells go to St James Garlickhythe", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 27 July 2012
  • "River Pageant Bells", Stephenson, Judy (Friends of City Churches Newsletter) 1 August 2012
  • "The dedication of the Royal Jubilee Bells at St James Garlickhythe", Stoughton, Patricia (Church Buildings & Heritage Review) 1 September 2012
  • "First peal in tower at Garlickhythe", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 14 December 2012
  • "A year of bells", Stoughton, Patricia (Best of British) 1 June 2013
  • Pictures of the church



    Photo:

    Pictures of the upper belfry


    The quarter chimes hanging in their frame.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    The clock bell (the original service bell).
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    The clock bell (the original service bell).
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    The clock bell (the original service bell).
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    The quarter chimes hanging in their frame.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    The clock bell (the original service bell).
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    Pictures from before the 2012 installation


    Old service bell wheel stored in the 3rd stage of the tower.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    The coffin of "Jimmy Garlick" that used to be stored in what is now the intermediate chamber of the tower. Jimmy is a mummy whose embalmed body was discovered in the vaults in 1855. The body is now interred in a sarcophagus in the only remaining part of the church crypt, and so is no longer open for public viewing.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009

    Board on the ground floor recording the restoration work of 1854.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 Dec 2009
    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 Surprise Major (2m)
    2019-11-191282 Woodspring Surprise Royal
    2019-11-191320 King Edward Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191260 Minor (3m)
    2019-11-191296 Hitcham Delight Minor
    2019-11-191320 Danbury Delight Minor
    2019-11-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    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
    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