Bells of the City of Westminster

St James

Paddington, St James, Sussex Gardens

  • 2 bells hung for full circle ringing and a 30 cwt bourdon
  • Tenor: 4-0-25 in .
  • Grid Ref: TQ266809
  • Frame: 1846 Charles and George Mears oak frame, 1887 John Taylor deal frame
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)*
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® 1 1-2-11¼20" 1845 Charles & George Mears, WhitechapelNever
® 2 4-0-2526" 1841 Thomas Mears IINever
҂ Bourdon 30-2-2155½" D 1887 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever

* Source of weight figures: WBF & JT records
®  - Hung for full circle ringing
҂  - Hung for swing chiming


1841 The church was built (Commissioners church, 2nd Parliamentary Grant), Goldicutt and Gutch architects, at a cost of £11,500. Completed 1843.
1842 The church was supplied with a bell by Thomas Mears II. Foundry records note the provision of a new bell, clapper, stock, wheel and hanging etc. costing £35.11s.3d.
1845 Charles and George Mears supplied another, smaller bell to the church. Foundry records note the provision of a 19" bell for £10.9s.2d., with clapper, stock, ironwork, crane neck brasses and fixing costing a further Ł6.5s.
1882 The foundation stone of a new church was laid on 11 Feb. It cost £17,000 and was consecrated on 22 Dec. The bells were rehung in the new tower.
1887 A large bourdon bell was cast and hung for swing chiming in a new frame, by John Taylor, just in time for Christmas.

Love's Guide to the Bells of the City of Westminster Page updated: 15 April 2022