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Treble 5-3-1031" D 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co 2 6-0-2631¼" C♯ 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co 3 7-1-1433¼" B 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co 4 7-3-2435⅛" A 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co 5 9-1-1438¼" G 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co 6 10-3-1640" F♯ 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co 7 13-2-444" E 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co Tenor 17-1-648⅝" D 1782 Patrick & Osborn 1992 John Taylor & Co. Welded 2010.

Earlier clock bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Clock27"F♯1809Thomas Mears IINeverFate unknown

Earlier ring of 8 bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
21728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
31728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
41728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
51728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
61728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
71728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782
Tenor1728Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1782

History

1552 Record of 3 bells and a clock bell. [1]
c 1600 The tenor bell was given by William Hobby, who was a citizen and ale brewer. It was named "Hobby". He also paid for it to be recast, apparently more than once, to make it in tune with the rest. The bell was given on condition that it be rung on the death of anyone from the parish WITHOUT a charge being incurred, as was common practice at the time. [2]
1666 The church escaped the Great Fire.
1708 Record of "6 bells".
1714 Paterson noted 6 bells in the tower.
1726 There was a vestry resolution that Mr Phelps "should take the old bells ... And cast a new peal of 8, of the sizes of those of St. Magnus, London Bridge".
1727 Preparations were made to build a new church, to be equipped with a new ring of 8 bells. Invitations to tender were sought from John Waylett and Richard Phelps. [3]
1728 The church was rebuilt and the new ring of 8 bells by Richard Phelps hung in the tower. [4]
1782 The bells were again recast, this time by Patrick & Osborn. These were said to be a maiden peal.
1809 A clock bell was cast and hung in the cupola at the top of the tower. It was noted by A D Tyssen, but Walters later reported that it was said to have been moved to the crypt.
1811 The church clock was provided by Moore of Clerkenwell (three 8ft dials, chiming).
1836 26/02/2019 00:00:00 The Times recorded "A fine peal of eight, tenor 20 cwt., in E. Sexton the steeple-keeper, appoints a deputy, and at present has a very efficient one."
1879 The bells were extensively repaired by John Warner & Co. [5]
1890 24/11/2019 00:00:00 The church was reopened after external restoration.
1905 The bells were rehung in a new cast iron frame by Warners. [6]
1929 The fittings were repaired and the frame was strengthened by Gillett & Johnston. [7]
1992 The bells were retuned and rehung in a new frame lower in the tower by Taylors. The work was completed the following year.
2010 The tenor, which had become cracked, was welded by Soundweld and rehung.
[1] "iij bells and one bell that the clocke stykth on with a lytle bell". (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] Moreover, in the same Parish Church of St. Buttolph, among other Benevolences given there to, may not be omitted the bountiful Gift of Mr. William Hobby, Citizen and Ale Brewer of London; to wit, the Tenor Bell in the Steeple, bearing his own Name, and called Hobby. Which he caused to be founded at his own Cost and Charges: And afterwards to be re-cast two several times, only to make it tunable with the other Bells in the Steeple; which was performed accordingly. And they are now as perfect and pleasing a ring of Bells, as can be wished. When he gave this Bell to the Parish, he enjoined this Condition, that at what time soever any Man deceased, that had born any place of Eminence and Office in the Parish, and afterward hapned (by any Cross or Misadventure) to fall in decay; that yet he should have the benefit of the Bell's Service freely bestowed on him at his Burial, not paying any Costs or Duties therefore to the Church. No doubt but this Man had an honest Meaning, and most charitable Mind, both in the Promise (which was in Merriment, and when he expected not Place of degree or Office to fall on him) and likewise in the Performance; wherein he shewed himself no way slack, but so forward as any Man could be. Let his worthy Example incite on others, to the like good Inclination (one way or other) towards the Church. (A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, John Strype 1720 (copied largely from Stow))
[3] Commissioners’ minutes for rebuilding the church (summarised in CD-ROM with Terry Friedman’s book The Eighteenth-Century Church in Britain (2011) CD p.526) ... 1727, 30 May ‘Estimate ... by ... Masons To make ... Dome part of ... Steeple With Portland Stone in ... manner as ... Described’ £136; 16 August Dunn and Co. paid £400, ‘Proposall ... about ... Vane for ... Top of ... Steeple ... Plan ... Laid before ... Commissioners [untraced] Resolved ... done according To ... Original Plan [untraced]. Proposall ... for ... New Sett of Bells ... Clock ...; 18 October ‘Advertise in ... Daily Currant ... All Bell ffounders ... Give in ... Proposalls for ... Bells’; 3 November John Waylett, John (sic) Phelps proposals read, resolved ‘old Bells Exchanged for Eight Bells’, Phelps ‘Employed’, total cost £418.9.4; 1727/8, 9 February ‘Commissioners... Resolved ... Dialls for ... Clock... Ground Worke ... Black ... ffigures ... Gilded’, Langley Bradley paid £21; 23 February ‘fframe ... Sett up for Eight Bells in ... Steeple ... Advertised in ... Daily Currant ... ; 15 March William Cole proposal for bell frame read; 1728, 3 May, Cole made ‘Frame Worke for ... Bells’, paid £85 Reprorts of new bells, 1728: These are to give Notice to any Bell-Founder that will contract for a Peale of Eight Bells, for the Parish Church of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, to give in their proposals to William Territt, in Hand Alley without Bishopsgate, Clerk to the Commissioners, sealed up, of the Charge of casting the old Bells, and the Price of new Metal that shall be wanting, &c. to make up the Peale, on or before Wednesday the 27th of September, 1727 (Daily Courant, Thurs. 21 Sept. & Fri. 22 Sept. 1727 - advert); ); These are to give Notice to all Bell Hangers that are willing to contract with the Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament for the rebuilding of the Parish Church of St. Botolph Bishopsgate, for the Frames for hanging Eight Bells for the said Parish Church, by calling on William Territt, in Hand-Alley without Bishopsgate, Clerk to the Commissioners may see the Particulars of what they are to do, in order to set a Price for the same, on or before the 15th of March. (Daily Courant, Tues. 5 March 1728 - advert); The Commissioners for Building the new Church without Bishopsgate, have contracted with a Bell-founder for Casting of Eight Bells, to be put up in the Tower of the said Church (London Evening Post, Tues. 4 June - Thurs. 6 June 1728; also Daily Post, London Journal, and Weekly Journal or, British Gazetteer, all Sat. 8 June 1728). (Commissioners’ minutes for rebuilding the church and various newspaper articles)
[4] "The Commissioners for building the new Church without Bishopsgate have contracted with a Bell-founder for casting of eight Bells, to be put up in the Tower of the said Church" (St. James’ Evening Post, and The London Evening Post, both Thur 6 June 1728). (St. James’ Evening Post, and The London Evening Post, both Thur 6 June 1728)
[5] Approach to ringing room illustrated in RCHME p.79, showing board recording alterations to the clock (new going part, striking part, quarter part, gas regulator, new pullies etc) by A. Wagstaff, 164 Bishopsgate Without, June 1879, and "the bells were thoroughly repaired in this year by Warner & Compy" (Royal Comm. on the Hist. Monuments of England "City of London Churches: a pictorial rediscovery"1998)
[6] Bishopsgate (London) listed among places where "Warner’s improved independent cast iron bell frame" had been installed (Warner catalogue, c.1910)
[7] (Tower notice)

Articles

  • "Progress at Bishopsgate", Adam, John P (The Ringing World) 31 January 1992
  • "Progress at Bishopsgate", Adams, John P (The Ringing World) 14 February 1992
  • Old engravings



    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010

    Photographs of the tenor removed to be welded



    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010


    Photo: John P Adams, 2010
    Recent Peals
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    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
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    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 16 September 2019