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The ring of 6 hung after the Great Fire

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1674James BartlettRecast 1726
21674James BartlettRecast 1726
31674James BartlettRecast 1726
41674James BartlettRecast 1726
51674James BartlettRecast 1726
Tenor1674James BartlettRecast 1726

The original ring of 10 bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble5 cwt approx.25¾"1726Richard PhelpsRecast 1732
25½ cwt approx.27"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
35¾ cwt approx.28¾"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
46 cwt approx.1726Richard PhelpsRecast 1750
57 cwt approx.32¾"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
68 cwt approx.34½"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
79½ cwt approx.39"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
811 cwt approx.1726Richard PhelpsRecast 1750
914 cwt approx.43¼"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
Tenor19½ cwt approx.48¼"1726Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879

Later recasting whilst still at St Dionis

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble5 cwt approx.25¾"1732Richard PhelpsTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
46 cwt approx.31"1750Thomas LesterTransferred to All Hallows, 1879
811 cwt approx.39¾"1750Thomas LesterTransferred to All Hallows, 1879

History

1552 Record of 5 bells and a sanctus bell, noting that 2 sanctus bells had been sold in the past. [1]
1632 A new turret was built for the church and new bell frames were made. [3]
1666 Church destroyed in the Great Fire.
1674 The body of the church was rebuilt. £50 5s. 10d was paid to James Bartlett for a ring of 6, hung by Mr Allen (who was paid £10). Robert Williams, a mercer, contributed £25 to one of the bells. [2]
1684 Tower completed (although it seems that old tower was still standing while this was being built). The bells are likely to have been transferred from one tower to the other at this time.
1726 On 28 Aug the bells were found to be out of order, so the vestry decided to exchange the existing bells for a new set. 8 bells were originally decided on with a new frame, but in the end there appears to have been money for a ring of 10 bells and this was agreed by endorsement to the contract. Articles were dated 5 Sept.1726 with endorsement of receipt by Phelps on 3 Nov 1726 for £359.11.6. for eight new bells and frames and also for two other bells and frames and new floor etc. [4]
1727 The new ring of 10 bells was purchased for £479.8s from Richard Phelps. They were hung in a new anticlockwise oak frame. A chiming machine was installed to play on all 10 bells at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock every day. The clock struck quarters on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th bells with the hour on the tenor, repeated on the saints bell. [5]
1732 Treble recast as it was broken.
1750 4th and 8th were recast as they were cracked.
1876 On 28 April it was agreed to sell the church under the City Union of Benefices Act and unite the parish and benefice with the neighbouring parish of All Hallows, Grasschurch, Lombard Street. This was one of the first churches to be targetted by the act. The bells were given to All Hallows, Lombard Street. The money raised went to restoring All Hallows and build a new church of St Dionis, Parsons Green, Fulham.
1879 The church was finally demolished and the bells were transferred to All Hallows, Lombard Street where the story continued.
[1] "1 owlde bell clapper. Item V belles in ye stepvel and j saunce bells and 1 payre of great orgens. Item, sowlde ij sanctus bells, iiijs. Item pd. for j great bell rope of 47 li to take ye beame downe." (Edwardian Inventory)
[3] The middle Ile of this Church was new laid in the Year of our Lord 1629. The Steeple was repaired, a new Turret built, new Frames were made for the Bells, and this Church was decently beautified in the Year of our Lord 1632. (A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, John Strype, 1720)
[2] Robert Williams Mercer 25l. towards a Bell. (A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, John Strype, 1720)
[4] At this Vestry the Churchwardens acquainted the severall Gentlemen that were present That the Great Bell was crack't and that upon a survey which had been lately taken of the Bells it appeared that New Frames were wanting to all the Bells in the Steeple and therefore he submitted it to the Judgment of the Gentlemen of the Vestry whether they would not think it proper that the Great Bell should be new cast and that all the bells should be new Framed, the charge of doing which would amount to £110 and upwards. / Whereupon some Gentlemen that were present informed the Vestry that they had Proposalls laid before them and had taken an Estimate of the Difference of Exchanging the Present sett of Six Bells with the Old Frames & appurtenances into Eight new Tuneable and Musical Bells with Compleat New Frames and all appurtenances whatsoever and that the whole would not exceed the summe of £250. And upon full consideration had of that matter / The Question was putt by the Church Warden whether the Present sett of Six bells with the old Frames and appurtenances should be exchanged and Eight New Bells with compleat new Frames and all appurtenances be put up in their Room, and upon putting the same to the Vote it passed in the Affirmative Nemine Contradicente … (Guildhall Library Ms.11,277 "Subscription list for new bells, 23 [or 28?] August 1726" preamble)
[5] Certificate dated 17 Oct.1727 signed by fifteen persons that Whaving rung the ten new bells ... they were of opinion ... that the said ten bells are musical and tunable, and the said bells and the whole frames and all other work belonging or relating thereto are cast, set up and completed in a workmanlike manner." (Certificate dated 17 Oct.1727)

Articles

  • "St Dionis Backchurch and All Hallows Lombard Street", Trollope, J Armiger (The Ringing World) 29 September 1939
  • "Where the Towers no-longer stand", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 24 August 2001
  • "St Dionis Backchurch and All Hallows Lombard Street", Trollope, J Armiger (The Ringing World) 6 October 1939
  • Images of the old church



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    Trollope sketch, 1939
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    An earlier sketch.
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    Church in 1838.
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    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