The Parish of Cranford St Dunstan with Holy Angels



There is a peal of six bells in the tower hung for full circle ringing plus an Ellacombe chiming facility.

Prior to 1939 there were only three bells in the tower which were hung for chiming. These form the 4th, 5th and tenor of the present ring. Between 1940 and 1943 three new bells were cast and a new oak frame installed by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel. This was one of the first restorations carried out during the war. The first time they were heard was when they were chimed for the Victory of El Alamein. The first peal on the bells was rung in August 1943 for the Feast of the Assumption as the wartime ban on ringing had been lifted.

The tower is affiliated to the Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Further information on bells and bellringing can be found on the "Ringing World" web pages.

The bells and their inscriptions together with their diameter, weight and note are:

Treble: Gloria Deo Et Pax Homnibus Hosanna MCMXLIII

2'0 3 0 27 G.

Cast  by Mears & Stainbank 1941-3.

2: Livery of St Dunstan Serve the Lord Merrily 1942

2'1" 3 2 4 F.

Cast  by Mears & Stainbank 1941-3.

3: Ding Dong Dell Alleluia MCMXLI 

2'2.5" 4 0 12 E.

Cast  by Mears & Stainbank 1941-3.

4: FRIEND JOHN (rest indecipherable)

2'4" 4 0 16 D.

A pre-Reformation bell. Recast by Mears & Stainbank 1884.


2'6" 4 2 27 C.

A pre-Reformation bell. Cast by William Burford of Aldgate around 1380 and probably the oldest ringing bell in the Diocese of London.


2'9" 7 0 0  B.

Cast by Brian Eldridge of Chertsey in 1636. Recast by Mears & Stainbank 1945.  

Pictures from the archives