An Ascent of the Tower
The Tower & Bells
2016-12-10 Spliced Surprise Major
2003-04-05 Cambridge Surprise Major
2000-10-07 Otley Surprise Major
1988-03-27 Grandsire Triples
1984-10-06 Lancashire Surprise Major
1983-04-10 Rutland Surprise Major
1980-10-25 Stedman Triples
1976-12-05 Plain Bob Major
1971-01-30 Grandsire Triples
1969-08-23 Lewisham Surprise Major
1968-12-21 Gainsborough Little Bob Major
1965-02-13 Spliced Surprise Major (10m)
1938-02-12 Cambridge Surprise Major
1931-08-27 Superlative Surprise Major
1931-04-30 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1909-11-06 London Surprise Major
1909-02-13 Superlative Surprise Major
1908-07-11 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1907-02-16 Real Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1905-09-02 London Surprise Major
1904-08-27 Superlative Surprise Major
1904-06-18 Superlative Surprise Major
1903-06-20 Superlative Surprise Major
1902-07-05 Stedman Triples
1901-08-13 Stedman Triples
For more information click on the title for each peal.
Plans to build the tower were drawn up. The originator of the plan seems to have been one William Sprigg, who in 1471 desired that his money was "disposed toward the building of the bell tower in the churchyard of Lewesham." Money from wills and bequests followed over the next 14 years.
The tower was completed following a bequest from William Batt to making the "vice," or stairway.
John Francis left £3-6-8 to buy a bell.
Record of 4 bells.
A bell was cast or recast.
A new ring of 8 bells was cast by Lester & Pack at Whitechapel.
Rebuilding started on the church and tower by George Gibson, Junior, architect.
Rebuilding was completed and the first Sunday of its opening was 7 Sept 1777. On the second Sunday since the reopening of the new church, part of the east side collapsed, hurting just one lady parishioner. The whole ring was remodeled into a heavier one with the addition of a new tenor.
A clock was supplied by Moore of Clerkenwell with two 5 ft dials.
Treble and 3rd recast by Thomas Mears.
The 4th was recast by John Warner & Sons.
The Vestry noted that "the bell" required rehanging, although it is not clear which bell, or whether it referred to all of them.
Two peal boards were dedicated on 19 Mar 1892 commemorating the consecration of Dr Legge as Bishop of Lichfield, and the other of the induction of Rev. Samuel Bickersteth as his successor as Vicar of Lewisham.
The bells had fallen into a poor state of repair. An appeal was launched to restore the bells and augment them to 10, as well as add an additional clock face to the tower. Money was raised for the restoration, but the plan to augment the bells never went ahead.
All the bells were rehung in a new frame on one level, which was an improvement on the earlier frame which had been of oak and laid the bells out on two levels.
The 2nd had become cracked and was recast by John Taylor.
The bells were rehung on ball bearings by Mears & Stainbank.
The tower roof was repaired.
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Hear the bells being rung on 11th November 2018
2019-08-03 Bristol Surprise Major
2019-03-17 Stedman Triples
2018-11-24 St Simons Bob Triples
2018-11-18 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-06-17 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-05-13 Grandsire Triples
2018-03-04 Grandsire Doubles
2017-05-06 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-07-03 London Surprise Minor
2016-06-19 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-05 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-05-01 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-02-07 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2015-11-01 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-07-30 Grandsire Triples
2015-07-05 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-03-01 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-01-04 Grandsire Triples
2014-07-06 Grandsire Triples
2013-08-28 Bristol Surprise Major
2013-06-16 Stedman Triples
2013-03-03 Grandsire Triples
2012-04-08 Superlative Surprise Major
2012-03-04 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2012-02-05 Cambridge Surprise Major