Mortlake, St Mary the Virgin
Practice Night: Wednesday
Ringing Times: Sunday Service: 9.30-10.00am. Practice: 8.00-9.15pm
Entry: Entry is through the west porch entrance of the church, with access to the tower by a spiral metal staircase (installed in 2010).
Contact: Tower Captain: Ring-Davies@tiscali.co.uk Francis Ring-Davies
The Tower is the only part of the church to survive from 1543. The belfry was added in 1694, when six bells were installed, cast by Philip Whiteman of Clerkenwell. Two further bells, cast by Thomas Lester, at what is now the Whitechapel Foundry, complemented these in 1746. The ring is notable for being one of the few eight-bell rings surviving in its original condition from the 17th and 18th century, and retaining a good tone for bells of that age.