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Farnborough, St Giles the Abbot


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Single bell 9-2-1936" A 1951 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Clock bell 3 cwt approx.24" G 1766 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
Treble 1-3-2519⅝" C♯ 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 2-0-2320½" B 2012 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 2-0-1921½" A 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 2-1-1522" G♯ 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 2-1-2623" F♯ 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Tenor 2-2-2623⅞" E 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Single bell6-0-2431¼"C1907Gillett & JohnstonNeverRecast 1951
Single bell28½"1667John HodsonNeverRecast 1907
Clock bell11"1664John HodsonNeverStolen


1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower ("Item iij bells suted of brass in the steple"). [1]
1631 26th December The church was so damaged by a storm that it was necessary to take it down and rebuild it.
1664 Small bell cast by John Hodson. This became cracked in the past century and was stored in the porch until it was stolen in recent years. This was known as the "Tinker" bell.
1667 Larger bell recast by John Hodson.
1724 The tower and spire was damaged by a storm.
1766 The present clock bell was cast by Lester & Pack. It was not originally for the church and it is not precisely known where it came from.
1838 Tower struck by lightning, severely damaging it requiring it to be extensively rebuilt. The timber spire was not replaced and the tower was given a flat roof with a parapet crowned with a stone pinnacle at each corner.
1887 Record of 2 bells in the tower.
1907 Single bell recast by Gillett & Johnston. It was cast at 6-1-16 and sent out on 4th July. [2]
1949 January The tower was gutted by fire, which destroyed the bells. Gillett & Johnston offered estimates for bells of various sizes, pointing out that they had cast the original bell.
1950 -1 Tower rebuilt under the supervision of Hobday and Maynard, architects, of Bromley. The old clock from the Stables at the Rookery, Bromley Common was purchased for £25.
1951 The tower was restored under Miss Cunningham, church architect and Hobday & Maynard, architects in Bromley. At this time the spire was restored to the tower also. A bell cast by Gillett & Johnson on 28th January using metal from the old bell. It was hung in a new cast iron frame and cost ?282. The old clock from the Stables at The Rookery, Bromley Common (a large house which once stood on what is now the Bromley College of Technology), was purchased for the church for ?25 and refurbished by Gillett & Johnston. The clock strikes the hours on the 1766 bell which possibly came from The Rookery also.
1969 John Taylor & Co estimated for adding five bells to make a ring of six (£3,400) or seven bells to make a chime of eight - the tenor remaining hung for ringing (£2,600).
2012 Six bells were acquired from John Taylor Bellfounders (having been earlier cast as the front six of a new ring of ten for St Martin in the Cornmarket in Worcester, but subsequently made available after a different ring of ten was cast). The 2nd was recast (on 16th Feb) as Taylors weren't especially happy to pass on the specification requested by Worcester to Farnborough. All six were hung in a new grillage frame with additional holes cut ready to take framesides for a future top and tail augmentation to eight. The existing bell was refitted and rehung with full circle ringing fittings elsewhere in the tower. The bells were dedicated by the Bishop of Tonbridge on 18th Nov.
[1] Item iij bells suted of brass in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] Gillett order book: Recast old bell and add 2cwt to make a bell of 6th. New fittings. Rehang in existing frame. Inscription: REFECTUM. A.D. M.C.MVII. E. TESTAMENTO. / MARIA. ANNA. OLNEY. OBIIT. A.D. MCMV. / IN. MEMORIAM/ CONJUGIS. EIVS. FREDERICI. / OLNEY. PATRISQUE. HENRICI. VINCENT. / MATRISQUE. MARIA. [possibly V for U throughout] (Gillett Order Book, 17 Jun, 1907)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-03-035040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2020-02-295040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2020-02-115040 Minor (7m)
2020-01-075040 Minor (4m)
2019-12-275040 Surprise Minor
2019-11-275040 Surprise Minor
2019-11-035040 Stedman Doubles
2019-09-175040 Treble Dodging Minor (7m)
2019-08-185040 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-07-165040 Minor (6m)
2019-03-085040 Treble Dodging Minor (7m)
2019-02-195040 Minor (4m)
2019-02-075040 Spliced Treble Bob Minor (29m)
2018-11-115040 Minor (4m)
2018-10-235040 Doubles (1p and 5m)
2018-10-165040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2018-09-185040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2018-08-145040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2018-06-195040 Minor (7m)
2017-12-305040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2017-11-175040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2017-07-115040 Minor (7m)
2017-06-205040 Minor (7m)
2017-05-165040 Minor (5m)
2017-03-145040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-02-181260 Minor (2m)
2020-02-181320 London Surprise Minor
2020-01-281320 York Surprise Minor
2020-01-211260 Minor (2m)
2020-01-211260 Doubles (4m)
2019-12-171260 St Clements CB Minor
2019-12-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-12-101320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2019-12-031260 Doubles (4m)
2019-11-191320 King Edward Surprise Minor
2019-11-121440 York and Durham Surprise Minor
2019-10-231260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-10-231440 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-10-221260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-10-221320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2019-10-151260 Grandsire Doubles
2019-10-151320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-10-081320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-07-231260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-06-041260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2019-06-041260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-05-071320 Uckinghall Surprise Minor
2019-04-301296 Spliced Surprise Minor (2m)
2019-04-231272 Durham Surprise Minor
2019-03-051272 Kirkstall Delight Minor
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Farnborough, Princess Royal Hospital
Single bell hung in open gable end

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016