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Greenwich, St Alfege

Photo: Post card

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(Prior to retuning)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 5-1-1528" F♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 5-2-629" E 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 6-1-531" D 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
4 6-2-1032" C♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 7-1-1334" B 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
6 8-2-1436" A 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
7 10-1-839" G 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
8 12-0-141" F♯ 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
9 17-2-446" E 1954 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Tenor 23-2-1424-0-852¾" D 1824 Thomas Mears II 1954 Mears & Stainbank


How the bells are tuned

Original ring of 10

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As supplied 1890)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 10)1734Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1792
2nd (of 10)5-3-51734Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1954
3rd (of 10)1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1815
4th (of 10)6-3-111731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1954
5th (of 10)7-2-121731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1890. 7-2-14 gross.
6th (of 10)1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1792
7th (of 10)12-0-01731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1954
8th (of 10)13-2-261731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1954
9th (of 10)1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1814
Tenor (of 10)1731Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1824

Those recast prior to 1954

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 10)5-1-111792Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1954
3rd (of 10)5-3-61815Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1954
5th (of 10)6-3-251890Mears & StainbankNeverRecast in 1954
6th (of 10)9-3-251792Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1954
9th (of 10)17-3-201814Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1954


1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1711 - 1714 Present church built by Hawksmoor.
1730 Old tower encased and spire added by John James.
1731 Ring of 8 bells cast by Richard Phelps.
1734 2 trebles were added to make 10 by Richard Phelps.
1792 Treble and 6th recast by Thomas Mears.
1814 9th recast and clock bell cast by Thomas Mears.
1815 3rd recast by Thomas Mears.
1824 Tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
1890 The 5th was recast at Whitechapel. [2]
1894 Trebles overhauled.
1954 Front 9 recast by Mears & Stainbank and rehung in the old strengthened frame.
2000 All bearing and pulley boxes were replaced (apart from one that could not be shifted) and 2 braces were fixed to the upper frame to cut down movement. The work was done by the KCACR.
[1] Item .... a smale latten bell. Item iiij bells, the greatest mesured from brymme to brym iij fote vij inches di. Item the iid. iij foot iij inches the iijrd iij foote j inche the iiij'^ ij foot xj inches. Item j saunts bell of brass . . . And ij hand bell (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] New bell 7-0-13, old bell 7-3-14 gross (7-2-12 nett), new fittings for the bell, and repairs to the others, £172.4.6. (Whitechapel Day Book, 6 Aug 1890)

The ringing room

Tom Hinks enjoying the open space in the Greenwich ringing room.
Photo: Dickon Love, 10 Jan 2015

Another view of the room.
Photo: Dickon Love, 10 Jan 2015
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-10-215040 Cape Trafalgar Surprise Royal
2014-05-315040 Swindon Surprise Royal
2009-09-195140 Variable Cover Spliced Triples and Major (9 Methods)
2008-11-015080 Cambridge Surprise Royal
2008-04-055040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
2006-05-205000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2005-10-215200 Stedman Caters
2004-04-245007 Stedman Caters
2002-11-025021 Stedman Caters
2002-09-145040 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2000-12-105040 Superlative No.2 Surprise Royal
1999-05-155040 Spliced Surprise Royal
1997-06-075003 Grandsire Caters
1996-11-025000 Bristol Surprise Royal
1989-07-205040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
1989-06-295000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
1984-11-175040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
1984-11-105000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
1984-09-295000 Spliced Surprise Royal
1984-02-045040 Middlesex Surprise Royal
1983-11-195040 Langley Surprise Royal
1983-02-255024 Rutland Surprise Major
1982-12-105031 Stedman Caters
1982-09-085040 Plain Bob Royal
1981-07-185040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
1970-11-295040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-02-241260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-01-271260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-05-041260 Doubles
2018-03-181260 Doubles
2018-02-021280 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-11-071260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-08-251260 Doubles (2 Methods)
2017-03-221296 Grandsire Caters
2017-02-241320 Doubles
2017-02-141260 Doubles (5m/p)
2017-01-241260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-11-061259 Grandsire Caters
2016-10-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-09-261260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-131290 Doubles
2016-03-111280 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-01-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-11-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-10-091280 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-05-011250 Doubles
2015-01-311296 Grandsire Caters
2014-07-091260 Grandsire Triples
2014-07-091260 Grandsire Triples
2014-07-081714 Doubles and Minimus
2014-05-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-01-261260 Plain Bob Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Greenwich, District Hospital (formerly Union Workhouse)
Single bell - existance or fate unknown
Greenwich, Meridian Primary School
Single bell hung for swing chiming
Greenwich, Queen Elizabeth College Almshouses
Single clock bell
Greenwich, Royal Naval College
Clock chime of hour bell and 4 quarters

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016