Brasted, St Martin
  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 9-2-2 in G♭
  • Grid Ref: TQ468554
  • Anticlockwise
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: From at least 1530. Adapted 1730. Adapted 2005.
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (After retuning 1932)

    (As supplied 1881)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-2-14 25⅜" G♭ 2005 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 2 5-1-14 26" F 2005 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 3 6-0-13 4-2-14 4-3-0 27½" E♭ 1881 Gillett, Bland & Co, Croydon (523) Removed 1932 Mears & Stainbank, 2005 Whitechapel
    ® 4 6-3-7 5-1-14 5-2-0 29⁷⁄₁₆" D♭ 1881 Gillett, Bland & Co, Croydon (516) Removed 1932 Mears & Stainbank, 2005 Whitechapel
    ® 5 8-2-13 6-0-13 6-0-13 32" C♭ 1881 Gillett, Bland & Co, Croydon (518) Removed 1932 Mears & Stainbank, 2005 Whitechapel
    ® 6 10-1-16 6-3-7 check 33½" B♭ 1881 Gillett, Bland & Co, Croydon (515) Removed 1932 Mears & Stainbank, 2005 Whitechapel
    ® 7 7-3-11 8-2-13 check 36⁹⁄₁₆" A♭ 1881 Gillett, Bland & Co, Croydon (519) Removed 1932 Mears & Stainbank, 2005 Whitechapel
    ® Tenor 9-2-2 10-1-16 11-0-0 39½" G♭ 1881 Gillett, Bland & Co, Croydon (514) Removed 1932 Mears & Stainbank, 2005 Whitechapel

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Position Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    Lower tier 1 1,2,3,4,7,8 1580 Oak ,
    Upper tier 2 5,6 2005 Steel
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    1730 Ring of 6

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As received 1881)
    Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble 4-2-0 1730 Richard Phelps Never Recast in 1881
    2nd 5-2-9 1730 Richard Phelps Never Recast in 1881
    3rd 6-3-13 1730 Richard Phelps Never Recast in 1881
    4th 7-2-17 1730 Richard Phelps Never Recast in 1881
    5th 8-3-17 9-2-20 1730 Richard Phelps Never Recast in 1881
    Tenor 11-0-11 1730 Richard Phelps Never Recast in 1764
    1764 Tenor

    Bell Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Tenor 1764 Thomas Janaway Never Recast in 1881
    History

    1530 A heavy ring of 4 dates from at least this date. They were hung in the present frame.
    1730 Ring of six cast by Richard Phelps and hung in the old frame adpated for the additional bells.
    1764 Tenor recast by Thomas Janaway.
    1881 All the bells were recast by Gillett & Bland. A small additional bell appears to have been cast, weighing 0-2-11, although it is unclear whether this was for the church or somewhere else. It is certainly not there now. The back 5 have doncaster canons while the treble has angle canons (possibly modelled on the original 1730 bell?).
    1932 Bells retuned and rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
    1957 Clappers rebushed by Mears & Stainbank.
    1989 Fire destroyed the church in November, apart from the tower and the nave and choir walls. The bells were unharmed. The clappers were rebushed by Whitechapel.
    2003 Appeal launched to rehang the bells and augment to 8.
    2005 Bells rehung in the old frame adapted to take the additional bells. The doncaster head canons were removed from the back 5 and all the bells were retuned. The work was carried out by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

    Literary collection

  • "Brasted project comes of age", Lewis, F W (The Ringing World) 28 October 2005
  • " Brasted Project Comes of Age", Lewis, F W (The Ringing World and Lovesguide) 1 October 2005
  • Gallery


    The devastated interior of the church after the fire.
    Photo: Frank Lewis

    The ruins of the church after the fire of November, 1989. The tower and bells did not suffer in this blaze.
    Photo: Dickon Love

    The devastated interior of the church after the fire.
    Photo: Frank Lewis

    The devastated interior of the church after the fire.
    Photo: Frank Lewis

    Note that the treble actually quotes the date 1780 rather than the correct date of 1730.
    Photo: Frank Lewis, Mar 2003

    Page updated: 1 April 2016