Bells and bell-ringing at St Anne's

Although most of the other towers in Hawksmoor’s churches were provided with a full ring of bells, St Anne’s only had a single two ton bell when the church was opened. This was probably because money ran out before completion. However the opportunity to transfer a derelict peal of eight heavy bells from the church of St Peter Walworth was taken in 1997, with help from a number of sources. The eight Walworth bells were completely restored and hung in a frame designed to take a peal of ten bells .The church at Walworth subsequently obtained second-hand peal of eight much lighter bells, more suited to its slender tower. The project was completed in 2004 when the two additional bells were cast at the nearby Whitechapel bellfoundry, to complete the current ring of ten.

Although we do not currently have its own team of bell ringers, the Docklands Ringers, based nearby at St Dunstan’s Stepney and St James Bermondsey, provide teams to help us ring the bells. They are excellent teachers and are keen to pass on their skills to new members, so that one day soon we may have our own team. If you would like to climb the tower and see the bells being rung, please contact the Docklands Ringers via the link below:

Please click here for Weights notes and inscriptions of the bells.

Please click to find out about the casting and hanging of the last two bells.