The oldest 4 bells were hung in an early English tower on the north side of the church.

Bells 7 & 8 were cast (1490 & 1470 respectively) by John Mitchell and his predecessor + 1 at the Wokingham Foundry.

Bells 5 & 6 were cast (1663) by the second Henry and the second Ellis Knight at the Reading Foundry.

This tower was demolished and the current north-west tower was built and the old 4 bells and 2 new bells were installed in 1875.

Bells 3 & 4 were cast (1875) by Robert Stainbank. Paid for from the Restoration Fund £229.12s.7d

In 1881 two more bells were added.

Bells 1 & 2 were cast (1881) at the Warner Foundry in Cripplegate and dedicated at a special service on 20th August 1881. Given by R Warner in memory of Lord Beaconsfield.

In 1952 the 7 smaller bells were recast, a new 8 added. All were hung in a new cast iron and steel frame and the old 8th bell was hung above the present 8 as a sanctus bell. All this was carried out by John Taylor & Co Bell Founders of Loughborough.

Current Specification


Bell

Weight
(Cwt-Q-Lb)

Nominal

Note

Diameter
(inches)

1

4-1-24

1432

F

26.00

2

5-0-9

1348

E

27.13

3

5-0-9

1202

D

28.13

4

5-2-18

1062

C

30.38

5

6-1-8

947

B♭

32.50

6

8-1-1

892

A

35.00

7

11-1-16

793.5

G

39.13

8

14-3-19

706

F

43.50

Sanctus

12

777

G

41.13

Inscriptions on the Bells


Cast by John Warner & Sons London 1881

In MEMORY of EARL BEACONSFIELD

Presented by Robert Warner Esqre

Bell Founder to Her Majesty

Queen Victoria

YEAR BY YEAR THE STEEPLE MUSIC

OER THE TENDED GRAVES SHALL POUR,

WHERE THE DUST OF SAINTS IS GARNERED

TILL THE MASTER COMES ONCE MORE.

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

Cast by John Warner & Sons London 1881

In MEMORY of EARL BEACONSFIELD

Presented by Robert Warner Esqre

Bell Founder to Her Majesty

Queen Victoria

CHRISTIAN MEN SHALL HEAR AT DISTANCE

IN THEIR TOIL, OR IN THEIR REST,

JOYING THAT IN ONE COMMUNION

OF ONE CHURCH, THEY TOO ARE BLEST.

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

Mears et Stainbank, Londini, Fecerunt, 1875

"Laudate Dominum ommes ejus Angeli."

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

Mears et Stainbank, Londini, Fecerunt, 1875

"Dominum campanae clangore laudate."

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

ANANIAS WRIGHT     WILLIAM RVSEL     CW

HK   1663

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

ANANIAS WRIGHT     WILLIAM RVSEL     CW

HK   1663

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

Sancta   Maria   Ora Pro Nobis

Recast 1952 John Taylor & Co

I WAS CAST IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH II

MY FELLOWS WERE RECAST AT THE SAME TIME

THE COST WAS BORNE BY THE GENEROSITY & LABOURS OF MANY

John Taylor & Co   FOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH 1952

Criste   Baptista   Campana   Gaudea   Ista