Frinsted, St Dunstan

Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6-1-1 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TQ891574
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1997, locally made of metal to the design of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • 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 dispatched 1868)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-1-1324¹⁵⁄₁₆" F♯ 1997 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 3-3-34-2-026¹¹⁄₁₆" E 1868 Robert Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
® 3 4-0-104-3-628½" D Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
® 4 4-2-75-0-2629½" C♯ 1868 Robert Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
® 5 5-2-166-1-2733⅛" B 1853 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
® Tenor 6-1-17-1-1233¹⁵⁄₁₆" A 1868 Robert Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Earlier bell

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
2nd (of 5)1868Robert StainbankNeverReplaced by Mears & Stainbank, date unknown

Original ring of 4

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
Treble1713Richard PhelpsNeverBecame broken, then vanished between 1824-1851.
2nd1713Richard PhelpsNeverBecame broken, then vanished between 1824-1851.
3rd1713Richard PhelpsNeverBecame broken, then vanished between 1824-1851.
Tenor1713Richard PhelpsNeverBecame cracked and recast into present 5th.


1713 4 bells cast by Richard Phelps.
1824 Front 3 (of 4) bells recorded as cracked and that metal had started to "disappear".
1851 Front 3 (of 4) recorded as gone, with the tenor being cracked.
1853 Tenor recast by Charles & George Mears.
1868 4 new bells added by Robert Stainbank to form Nos 1,2,3 and 5 of 5 around the existing bell. Some time later the 2nd was replaced with a (probable) stock bell by Mears & Stainbank. The date of this substitution is not known.
1959 Bells rung again after a silence of many years following the arrival of the Rev'd C.A.R. Walter, a ringer formerly at Hollingbourne.
1995 Treble headstock fell apart - all ringing in the tower stopped.
1997 Bells rehung in a new frame with a new treble added by Whitechapel to make 6.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2021-06-285040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2019-10-125040 Minor (3m)
2019-08-015040 Surprise Minor
2017-05-275040 Doubles (7m)
2015-05-215040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2011-12-295040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2011-09-035040 Treble Bob Minor (5m)
2010-08-305040 Minor (3m)
2001-09-235040 Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2021-10-151320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2021-10-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
2020-03-011260 8x Doubles
2020-02-021260 Doubles (8m)
2020-01-051260 Doubles (8m)
2019-12-011260 Doubles
2019-11-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-10-061260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-08-221260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2019-08-091320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-05-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-05-191260 Grandsire Doubles
2019-04-261260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-05-041320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2018-03-241260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-03-091320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2017-11-301320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2017-11-041308 Grandsire Minor
2017-08-101260 Doubles
2017-03-041260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-02-041260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-01-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-11-051260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-08-061260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-07-021260 Grandsire Doubles
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