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St Clement Danes – The Bells


February 26, 2016

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 also 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 alantaylor@alantaylor.co.uk

The St Clement Danes carillon is now silent. The Carillon has reached the end of its useful life and has been removed for essential maintenance and refurbishment. However, the good news is that we will have a far better system when it is installed later this summer. Therefore, please note that the bells can only now be rung by the bell ringers and, as a result of this work, unfortunately, there will be no more ‘Oranges and Lemons’ ringing out from our bells until later in the year.

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.


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.