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Frindsbury, All Saints


Photo: J Martin Rushden, 2 Oct 2019

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 15-2-4 in F.
  • Grid Ref: TQ743698
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1920 Alfred Bowell
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As received 1920)

(As received 1923)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-0-84-0-154-0-2126" F 1920 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
® 2 4-1-04-1-1927⅛" E 1920 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
® 3 4-3-185-0-2229¼" D 1920 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
® 4 6-0-6 C 2000 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 5 6-0-76-1-1432⅞" B♭ 1920 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
® 6 7-2-167-3-2135⅛" A 1920 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
® 7 10-1-2210-3-038⅞" G 1923 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
® Tenor 15-2-415-3-443⅞" F 1923 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2000 John Taylor & Co
Service Bell 5-2-05-1-2631⅛" 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Original ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Sanctus¼ cwt approx.7½"1670Gerritt SchimmelNeverSold in the 1960s
2nd (of 5)32½"1656John WilnarNeverRecast in 1920
3rd (of 5)37"William BurfordNeverRecast in 1920
4th (of 5)10-1-840½"1584Giles ReveNeverRecast in 1923
Tenor (of 5)1638John WilnarNeverRecast in 1865

1865 recast tenor

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As supplied in 1865)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Tenor (of 5)14-0-1014-2-1644"1865John Taylor & Co.NeverRecast in 1923

History

1300 's Bells cast by William Burford (later 3rd of 5).
1584 Bell cast by Giles Reve (later 4th of 5).
1637 Present 4th cast.
1638 Tenor recast by John Wilnar.
1656 2nd (of 5) recast by John Darbie.
1670 Sanctus bell cast by a Dutch founder.
1797 Hasted recorded 5 bells and a small bell. [1]
1865 Tenor recast by John Taylor.
1920 2nd and 3rd (of 5) recast and 3 trebles added to make 8 by Alfred Bowell. [2]
1923 Back 2 recast by Alfred Bowell. [3]
1980 's Dutch Sanctus Bell sold.
2000 The church was successful in bidding for a grant from the Millennium Commission to allow the bells to be rehung in the existing frame with new fittings. The bells were tuned and the 4th (which was of poor tone and heavily drilled) was rehung as a service bell. Its place in the ring was taken by a new bell. The work was carried out by John Taylor & Co.
[1] The present church of Frindsbury, which however bears no marks of any deep antiquity, is dedicated to All Saints. It consists of two isles and a chancel, with a spire steeple at the west end, in which is a peal of five bells and a small one. (The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3, Hasted, E 1797.)
[2] To rehanging the five bells in new steel frames and adding three new bells to make eight £450. To recasting the old second bell with additional metal £35. To inscriptions cast on the four bells 213 letters @ 4d. Each £3-11-0. To eight mufflers £1-5-0. Total £489-16-0. Paid cq. On a/c 4 Jan 1921 £200. Cq. On a/c £100 10 Mar 1921. Cq on a/c £100 13 Apr 1921. Cq. £89-16-0. 17 Mar 1922. (Bowell records, March 1921)
[3] To recasting the 7th & tenor bells £115. less allowance £5. Weight of old bells 24-1-0. Weight of new bells 26-2-0. Extra metal added 2-1-0 @ £7 per cwt £15-15-0. less as agreed 1 Dec 1923 £7-17-6. Total £117-17-6. Paid. Cq. 9 Dec 1923. (Bowell records, 14 Nov, 1923)

Gallery


This is a photograph of the old five bells taken down in 1920 by Alfred Bowell. The 2nd and 3rd were recast in that year, the back two recast in 1923 and the remainding bell in 2000. These pictures should give a clue as to how the inscriptions were arrang
Photo: Alfred Bowell collection 1920

The 2nd about to be hoisted into the tower. Photo 1920.
Photo: Alfred Bowell collection 1920

Peal Boards

Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1993
13 Nov 1993: 1260 Plain Bob Minor (85th birthday to Len Crouch, Tower Master.)

Photo: J Martin Rushton, 12 January 2020

Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 2011
10 Sept 2011: 1260 Plain Bob Doubles (Marriage of Derna Simpson and Phil Brown.)

Photo: J Martin Rushton, 12 January 2020

Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 2011
28 Mar 1953: 5040 Grandsire Triples (In memory of Edward A G Allen, 40 years a member of the church.)

Photo: J Martin Rushton, 12 January 2020

Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 2001
22 Sept 2001: 1260 Grandsire Triples (40th birthday: Geoff Morrad.)

Photo: J Martin Rushton, 12 January 2020

Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1997
28 Dec 1946: 5152 Glasgow S Major (The 1st peal of Glasgow.)
28 Dec 1996: 5280 Glasgow S Major (50th anniversary of the 1st peal of Glasgow.)

Photo: J Martin Rushton, 12 January 2020

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2004-08-115024 Spliced Surprise Major
1995-03-115184 Io Surprise Major
1986-11-105184 Rutland Surprise Major
1975-05-255152 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
1967-12-025088 Surprise Major (5m)
1967-03-255088 Surprise Major (5m)
1927-12-315040 Grandsire Triples
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-12-091260 St Simon's Bob Triples
2017-01-231260 St Simon's Bob Triples
2016-12-171260 Julie McDonnell New Bob Triples
2014-02-011260 Plain Bob Triples
2011-11-041260 Spliced Triples (2 Methods)
2011-09-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-07-161280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2008-07-221260 Grandsire Triples
2004-06-111259 Grandsire Triples
2003-04-261280 Spliced Surprise Major
2002-11-161287 Grandsire Triples
1992-04-041280 Bristol Surprise Major
1992-02-171312 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
1991-07-081280 London Surprise Major
1990-10-131280 Spliced Surprise Major (8 Methods)
1989-07-181344 London Surprise Major
1989-03-131250 Rutland 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: 1 April 2016