Croydon Minster, St John the Baptist

Church Street, Croydon, CR0 1RN Find on map

Number of bells: 12

Tenor Weight: 36¾ cwt

Ground floor ring: No

Please note the Croydon Minster bells are out of service during March and April 2020 whilst essential maintenance is undertaken. Normal service and practice ringing is suspended until the works are completed. 1st Tuesday 12 bell practices are relocating to St. Peters South Croydon for the duration of the works.

District: Northern

Practice Night: Tuesday

Ringing Times: Sunday Service: 9.15-10.00am (Phone to confirm). Evening - by arrangement only. Practice: 8.00-9.30pm

Entry: The main entrance is through the West Door which fronts onto the paved area in front of the Church. Inside is a door in the base of the West Tower giving access to the first floor ringing chamber

Contact: Tower Captain: semcgill@blueyonder.co.uk Shirley McGill

Website: www.croydonringers.yolasite.com

The church is situated to the West of the present bustling shopping and business centre, the imposing tower can be clearly seen alongside the new dual carriageway. Gilbert Scott largely rebuilt the present building, the largest parish church in Surrey, after the disastrous fire of 1867, which destroyed all, but the tower and outer walls. Inside are monuments to Queen Elizabeth l’s Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift (1604) and Archbishop Sheldon (1677). There is also a fine big pre-Reformation brass lectern. The present ring of 12 bells were all cast, tuned and hung by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon in 1936. In 1946 a flat 6th was added and in 1978 an extra Treble.

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