The Bells of the Priory Church (St Bartholomew the Great)

There are five ringing bells in the tower. They were cast by Thomas Bullisdon, who was active in Aldgate between 1500 and 1515. He is counted as a predecessor of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry which until 2017 operated at premises in Whitechapel High Street.

The reputed date is 1510, although there are no dates on the bells themselves and no precise records to confirm this. They are certainly the only ring in England of more than four pre-reformation bells cast by the same founder.

Inscriptions on the Bells


Each bell bears Bullisdonís distinctive makerís mark (click image to enlarge):

It seems odd that the Treble (the smallest bell) rather than the Tenor (the largest)
is dedicated to the patron Saint.

Size and weight of the bells

BellDiameter at rimApproximate WeightNote
Treble22 inches2 cwt 0qrF#
224 inches2 cwt 3qrE
326 inches3 cwt 2qrD#
428 inches4 cwt 1qrC#
Tenor31 inches5 cwt 2qr*B
* About 280kg
Ringing Schedule

The bells are rung by the regular band for Evensong on the first and third Sundays of the month (1740 to 1830).
We also ring for special occasions, chiefly weddings.

We practice from 6.30 to 7.30 on Thursday evenings.

Telephone: 07910 322891
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