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Farnborough
 

Farnborough, St Giles the Abbot


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Details of the Bells

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

Inscriptions

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

History

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
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 recas
[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 (Gillett Order Book, 17 Jun, 1907)

Gallery


The 1667 bell. The picture came from an old postcard.
Photo: David Cawley collection

This bell was then recast into this 1907 bell.
Photo: David Cawley collection

The single bell, hung for ringing before the 2012 restoration.
Photo: Dickon Love, 7 Dec 2002

The single bell, hung for ringing before the 2012 restoration.
Photo: Dickon Love, 7 Dec 2002

The clock bell hung from a beam high in the tower.
Photo: Dickon Love, 7 Dec 2002

The Gillett bell at Loughborough in 2011.
Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 2012

The five ex-Worcester bells being prepared for their arrival to Farnborough.
Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 2012

The bellframe being constructed at Loughborough.
Photo: David Cawley, 2012

One of the ex-Worcester bells on the tuning machine.
Photo: David Cawley, 2012

The belfry photographed on the day of the dedication of the bells.
Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012


Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012

The ringing room
Photo: Dickon Love, 18 Nov 2012
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-145040 Plain Bob Minor
2017-01-245040 Surprise Minor
2016-11-065040 Plain Bob Minor
2016-07-195040 Minor (7m)
2016-03-135040 Minor (3m)
2015-12-225040 Doubles (4m)
2014-02-235040 Surprise Minor
2013-12-235040 Minor (7m)
2013-08-185040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
2013-06-025040 Minor (7m)
2012-11-185040 Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-04-041296 Surprise Minor
2017-03-211320 Bourne Surprise Minor
2017-03-071260 Minor (2m)
2017-03-041260 Doubles (4m/p)
2017-02-281296 Westminster Surprise Minor
2017-02-211260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-02-201260 4m/p Doubles
2017-02-171260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
2017-02-141320 Surprise Minor
2017-01-311440 Plain Bob Minor
2017-01-291260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-01-221320 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2017-01-031320 Surprise Minor (2m)
2017-01-021320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2016-12-291260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2016-12-201260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-12-131260 Doubles (3m)
2016-12-061260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-11-291440 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure and Grandsire Doubles (720 Each)
2016-11-151320 Ipswich Surprise Minor
2016-10-251296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-10-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-10-041260 Double Oxford Bob Minor
2016-10-041320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-09-271260 Doubles (4m/p)
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters 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