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Service Bell 9½ cwt approx.37½" B 1601 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Never Small unhung bell 2½ cwt approx.16" A 1761 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never

History

1475 Records mention a second bell. [1]
1476 Records mention the purchase of clamps to let down the bells in the steeple, taking down the Lytell bell, for three baldricks of the "iij lest bellys" and payment to a chestyr for 3-1-3 of bell metal more than it weighed when it was changed. [2]
1480 The 5 bells were rehung in a new frame. John Kebyll wheelwright paid for "tymbur and Frame, making and hanging of v belles" etc £6.6.8. [3]
1552 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [4]
1558 Record of 5 bells. [5]
1601 The 4th (of 5) was recast by Robert Mot.
1652 Record of 5 bells and a sanctus. [6]
1666 The church was destroyed in the Great Fire, but it appears that the 5 bells and Sanctus remained undamaged.
1672 The church was rebuilt by Wren with a tower and spire rising to 130 ft, although part of the tower is pre-Reformation. It was completed in 1677.
1679 The vestry ordered that "the little bell be hung in the window of the tower next Wallbrook forthwith, for their better coming to Church". It had previously been suggested that it should hang in the lantern on the top of the tower.
1681 The vestry ordered that the 5 bells be sold except for the 4th, which was to be hung with the sanctus bell. [7]
1761 A small bell was cast by Lester & Pack.
1824 Record of 2 bells.
1888 The church was reopened on 15 Jun.
[1] (Churchwardens accounts, 1475)
[2] (Churchwardens accounts, 1476)
[3] (Churchwardens accounts, 1480)
[4] It'm five bellys and one small bell in the steple. Also in ye olde stepil over owre parsonage bene iij bellis, and hanging whelis and Ropis and al yt longith to hem (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[5] It'm five Belles and a Sayntes Bell in the steple (Parish Inventory, 1558)
[6] Five greate bells, one small Bell (Parish Inventory, 1652)
[7] The vestry ordered "that ye fourth bell be hung with ye saints bells and that the other four bells be sold". (Vestry minutes, 1681)

Articles

  • "The Lost Bells of London (4) St Stephen's, Coleman Street", Cook, William T (The Ringing World) 9 February 1973
  • Pictures of the church



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    The church in 1917
    Photo: Spitalfields Life

    Pictures from the belfry



    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


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    The upper concrete ring beam.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011

    The Sanctus, unhung on one of the three concrete ringbeams.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 24 Nov 2011
    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