The Bells

The Bells

The bells are often rung “full circle” in the English traditional style. They can be heard on the 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th Sunday mornings between 10 and 11am. They are also rung for many other special services.

The bells are often used for bell practices by a number of ringing societies. It is possible to view the bells by arrangement with Alan Taylor. Who can be contacted via the church or by email at

The oldest bell in the tower is the Sanctus Bell. Cast in 1588, the year of the Spanish Armada, by Robert Mot, founder of the Whitechapel Foundry.

Currently on the Carillon

07.55 Angelus on the 1588 bell.

09.00 Oranges and Lemons

10.00 RAF March

11.55 Angelus

12.00 Oranges and Lemons

13.00 RAF March

15.00 Oranges and Lemons

16.00 RAF March

17.55 Angelus

18.00 Oranges and Lemons

21.00 Oranges and Lemons

Words of the famous nursery rhyme

"Oranges and lemons", say the bells of St. Clement's

"You owe me five farthings", say the bells of St. Martin's

"When will you pay me?" say the bells of Old Bailey

"When I grow rich", say the bells of Shoreditch

"When will that be?" say the bells of Stepney

"I'm sure I don't know", says the great bell of Bow

Here comes a candle to light you to bed

And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

Chip chop chip chop - The last man's dead.

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