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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.
    2019-11-195040 Pontefract Surprise Royal
    2019-11-195024 Vicissitudinous Delight Major
    2019-11-195040 Spliced Surprise Minor (22m)
    2019-11-195088 Danesburgh Surprise Major
    2019-11-195005 Stedman Caters
    2019-11-195088 Falmouth Surprise Major
    2019-11-185040 Avon Delight Maximus
    2019-11-185024 Yate Delight Major
    2019-11-185040 Surprise Minor
    2019-11-185040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2019-11-175004 Stedman Caters
    2019-11-175040 Grandsire Triples
    2019-11-175040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2019-11-1710240 Spliced Surprise Major (40m)
    2019-11-175184 Ytterbium Surprise Major
    2019-11-175088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-11-175152 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2019-11-175002 Triton Delight Royal
    2019-11-175130 Grandsire Caters
    2019-11-175040 London No 3 Surprise Royal
    2019-11-175088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-11-175152 Barnes Surprise Major
    2019-11-175152 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2019-11-175100 Centennial Alliance Major
    2019-11-175040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-11-191296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191272 Kingston Treble Bob Minor
    2019-11-191280 Mixed Doubles
    2019-11-191320 Arley Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191260 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-11-191282 Woodspring Surprise Royal
    2019-11-191320 King Edward Surprise Minor
    2019-11-191260 Minor (3m)
    2019-11-191296 Hitcham Delight Minor
    2019-11-191320 Danbury Delight Minor
    2019-11-191260 Grandsire Doubles
    2019-11-191280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2019-11-191344 Plain Bob Major
    2019-11-191260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2019-11-191280 Spliced Minor
    2019-11-191260 Doubles
    2019-11-191280 Ealing Surprise Major
    2019-11-191344 Plain Bob Major
    2019-11-181280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-11-181260 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-11-181296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-11-181260 Doubles (2m)
    2019-11-181260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
    2019-11-181259 Grandsire Caters
    2019-11-181280 Painswick Surprise Major
    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: 19 November 2019