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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.
    2020-01-265040 Spliced Surprise Minor (10m)
    2020-01-265009 Stedman Cinques
    2020-01-265152 Spliced Surprise Major (23m)
    2020-01-265040 Grandsire Doubles
    2020-01-265120 Xiquena Castle Surprise Major
    2020-01-265040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2020-01-265088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2020-01-265040 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-01-255040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2020-01-255040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2020-01-255024 Spliced Surprise Major (7m)
    2020-01-255120 Bristol Surprise Major
    2020-01-255058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-01-255040 Doubles (6m/v)
    2020-01-255042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
    2020-01-255040 Plain Bob Triples
    2020-01-255013 Bristol Surprise Major
    2020-01-255008 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
    2020-01-255040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2020-01-255100 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-01-255152 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2020-01-255040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2020-01-255040 Spliced Delight Minor (7m)
    2020-01-255040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2020-01-255040 Triton Delight Royal
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-01-271260 Doubles (3m)
    2020-01-271280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2020-01-271344 Edmonton Bob Major
    2020-01-271260 April Day Doubles
    2020-01-261260 Plain Bob Triples
    2020-01-261260 Mixed Doubles (4m)
    2020-01-261260 Mixed Doubles (3m)
    2020-01-261260 Grandsire Caters
    2020-01-261260 Plain Bob Triples
    2020-01-261260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-01-261320 Erin Cinques
    2020-01-261260 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-01-261320 Zennor Doubles
    2020-01-261260 Grandsire Triples
    2020-01-261260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-01-261368 Singles and Minimus (3m)
    2020-01-261260 Grandsire Doubles
    2020-01-261260 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-01-261259 Grandsire Caters
    2020-01-261260 Doubles (2m)
    2020-01-261260 St Clement's Bob Minor
    2020-01-261320 Bourne Surprise Minor
    2020-01-261260 Stedman Triples
    2020-01-261280 Plain Bob Major
    2020-01-261280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    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: 27 January 2020