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Treble 5-2-1630" D 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 2 6-1-832" C 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 3 7-0-2334" B♭ 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 4 8-3-636" A 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never 5 11-2-1740" G 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never Tenor 16-2-1245" F 1960 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

Ring of 6 destroyed in May 1941

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Disused3½ cwt approx.26½"E♭1704Samuel Newton & John PeeleNeverFrom St Matthew, Friday St. Destroyed 1941.
Clock2 cwt approx.20¼"1706John WaylettNeverDestroyed 1941
Treble5-2-1230½"C1672John DarbieNeverDestroyed 1941
26-3-233"B♭1671John DarbieNeverDestroyed 1941
37-3-835"A♭1671John DarbieNeverDestroyed 1941
48-3-836½"G1771William MearsNeverDestroyed 1941
512-3-1441½"F1671John DarbieNeverDestroyed 1941
Tenor15-2-2446½"E♭1726Richard PhelpsNeverDestroyed 1941


1552 Record of 5 bells and a sanctus.
1671 In 1671/2 a ring of 6 bells was cast for the tower by John Darbie.
1697 The church was rebuilt.
1704 A bell was cast for the church of St Matthew, Friday St. This eventually made its way to St Vedast.
1706 A clock bell was cast, the gift of Peter Pickering.
1708 Record of 6 bells in the tower.
1726 The tenor was recast.
1797 The 4th was recast.
c 1843 St Vedast appears in a printed list which suggests that the bells were recently rehung by Charles Oliver Junr. [2]
c 1880 A commentator found "the whole ring in a disgraceful state, one of the worst belfries in the City". A clock bell was noted in the open part of the steeple and a disused bell (from St Matthew, Friday St) hung in the SW corner of the frame. [1]
1882 The bells were put into order by G.R. Banks of Kennington Lane.
1885 The church was reopened after restoration on 14 Aug.
1887 St Matthew's, Friday St was pulled down and the parish was united with St Vedast. The bell was transferred to St Vedast and was hung dead in the frame.
1941 The church was bombed and the bells were damaged. They all remained in the tower, badly cracked, and taken for recasting.
1960 A new ring of 6 bells was cast and hung in a new frame in the tower.
[2] C. Oliver, Jun. has hung and re-Hung since leaving Mr.Mears employ [c.1840] the following peals ... St.Michael’s (sic), Foster Lane, London 6 17 cwt [date not known] (Printed list of Charles Oliver jun, c.1843 (BL Add.Ms.19369 f.224))
[1] (Walters manuscript.)


  • "St Vedast, Foster Lane", Cook, William T (The Ringing World) 21 April 1972
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    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-03-205152 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2020-03-205040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2020-03-185040 Doubles (14m/p)
    2020-03-175040 Spliced Surprise Minor (17m)
    2020-03-165040 (7m) Surprise Minor
    2020-03-165760 Spliced Thirds Place Delight Minor (42m)
    2020-03-165088 Fylde Coast Surprise Major
    2020-03-165040 Minor (7m)
    2020-03-165200 Spliced Surprise Royal (4m)
    2020-03-165064 Stedman Caters
    2020-03-155088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-03-155042 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    2020-03-155184 Lindum Surprise Major
    2020-03-155040 Xtraction Alliance Major
    2020-03-155040 7 Suprise Minor
    2020-03-155024 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-03-155184 Spliced Surprise Major (7m)
    2020-03-145056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2020-03-145040 Grandsire Triples
    2020-03-145050 Stedman Caters
    2020-03-145040 Minor (7m)
    2020-03-145088 London Surprise Major
    2020-03-145056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2020-03-145024 Platinum Surprise Major
    2020-03-145090 Zanussi Surprise Maximus
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-04-021272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2020-03-271250 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2020-03-261272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2020-03-231260 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-03-221260 Stedman Doubles
    2020-03-221341 Grandsire Cinques
    2020-03-211280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-03-211284 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2020-03-211346 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
    2020-03-211440 Spliced Surprise Minor (2m)
    2020-03-211320 Norfolk Surprise Minor
    2020-03-201260 Stedman Doubles
    2020-03-201260 Doubles (5m/5v)
    2020-03-201320 Union Bob Singles
    2020-03-201272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2020-03-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-03-181320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2020-03-181260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2020-03-181260 Doubles and Minor (1p/4m)
    2020-03-181320 Plain Bob Cinques
    2020-03-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-03-171320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2020-03-171320 Bourne Surprise Minor
    2020-03-171260 Spliced Minor (3m)
    2020-03-171440 Sandiacre Surprise Minor
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 2 April 2020