St Dunstan-In-The-West To Get New Bells

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St Dunstan-In-The-West To Get New Bells

It doesn't feature in the song Oranges and Lemons, but St Dunstan-in-the-West could soon have one of the loudest peals in the City of London.

The Fleet Street landmark has remained silent (though see below) since 1881, when its eight bells rang out for the final time. The peal was removed in 1969 over safety fears. A project to reinstate the bells has gained enough momentum to attract the BBC's ears. Worshippers and campaigning campanologists  have already banked half the £200,000 needed and are fundraising the rest.

It's hoped that the church can be restored to its full audio glory in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year. The project would also provide a high profile commission for the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which cast Big Ben and many other famous bongers.

Despite the lack of proper bells, miniature acts of tintinnabulation occur frequently at the church. Upon the hour, clock figures thought to represent the giants Gog and Magog strike at small bells with their clubs. Definitely worth seeking out if you're in the area close to the hour.

Last Updated 28 March 2011