St Mary’s Church, Harrow-on-the-Hill
The church occupies a prominent position, close to Harrow School, at the top of the hill’s highest point giving long range views across London on a clear day.
Photos with a red border are virtual tours which work like Google Street View. All pictures taken on 29th April 2023.
Climbing The Tower
The climb to the top starts with a narrow, and low, spiral staircase to reach the level inside the tower where the bells are rung from.
Two steep ladders then go into the belfry and then up to the inside of the spire.
The ropes from the bell ringing level thread up through the floor and on to the wheels which move the bells to make them ring.
During the visit, all but one of the bells where in the upright position ready to ring for Sunday service.
The only bell hanging down enabled visitors to have a go tolling the bell safely without danger of them getting caught up in a rogue rope.
Ten bells hang in the belfry. The bell frame was replaced in the 1960s with the current steel version.
The largest of the bells showing 1683, the year of its manufacture. The newest bells date from 1978 which were cast to mark the 1977 Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Some of the bells were cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.