The Royal Exchange
   Threadneedle Street and Cornhill
   London, E.C.3, England
   OS Ref. TQ 328 811
   LL: N 51.51372, W 0.08663
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   Andrew Corrigan, General Manager
   The Royal Exchange Bank
   London  EC3V 3LR
   T: 020 861 6500




   Chiming machine installed in 1895 by
   G&J, and renovated by them in 1920.
   Added semitone is A (minor sixth).
   Third or fourth in a series of chimes
   of various sizes.

*Technical data:

   Mechanical-automatic chime of 13 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C# in the middle octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There is one added semitone
   There is no practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1920
     with bells made by Gillett & Johnston
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2005

The Exchange Website says nothing about the bells.  Formerly it had a photo of the building (now retrieved from a 2007 archive), with the top of its tower visible in front of a glass-faced skyscraper.
A heritage page has many large illustrations and photos of the building, but does not mention the bells; the last photo, at the bottom of the very long page, includes the present clock tower.

"Victorian London" has a page of various historical descriptions of the building and its functions, beginning with a contemporary account of the present building, written shortly after its construction in 1844.  At that time, it had 17 bells (tenor 1 ton) in the clock tower on the east face of the building.  The various changes since then are not yet incorporated into the database which produced the "Technical data" shown above.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all British Isles chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all British Isles chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all British Isles chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in England.

   This page was built from the database on  3-Mar-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/02/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2005/10/05

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