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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.
    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