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Frittenden
 

Frittenden, St Mary


Photo: Dickon Love, Dec 2005

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 15-1-4 in G♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ813409
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1928 Gillett & Johnson, made from cast iron. 2 tier frame
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 15-1-442¹⁵⁄₁₆" G♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
7 11-0-038½" A♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
6 7-2-2134⁷⁄₁₆" B♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
5 7-0-1533" C♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
4 5-1-129⅞" D♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
3 4-2-1727⅞" E♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
2 4-2-926⁷⁄₁₆" F 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Treble 4-0-2426" G♭ 1928 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

The 1803/4 Ring.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble4-2-1427⅜"F♯1804Thomas Mears INeverCast weight given. "Tuned a little." Recast in 1929.
2nd5-1-1829½"E1804Thomas Mears INeverCast weight given. Maiden bell. Recast in 1929.
3rd5-3-730⅞"D1804Thomas Mears INeverCast weight given. Maiden bell. Recast in 1929.
4th7-0-2133⅜"C1803Thomas Mears INeverCast weight given. Maiden bell. Recast in 1929.
5th7-2-1134⅞"B1803Thomas Mears INeverCast weight given. "Tuned a little". Recast in 1929.
Tenor9-0-2637¾"A1804Thomas Mears INeverCast weight given. "Skirted". Recast in 1929.

1847 additional bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4-0-1726"G1847Charles & George MearsNeverRecast in 1929.
Tenor (of 8)13-0-242⅜"G1847Charles & George MearsNeverRecast in 1929.

History

1803 Date on 5th and 6th of newly cast octave.
1804 Ring of 6 cast by Thomas Mears. These may have been a minor 6.
1847 Treble and tenor added by Charles & George Mears to make 8.
1928 Bells recast into a new ring of 8 by Gillett & Johnston.
1929 The last 2 bells (2nd and 7th) were tuned a couple of days into January. The bells were then hung in a new two tier frame in the tower. They were dedicated by the Bishop of Dover on 21st February.
2002 The KCACR did some work on the clappers.

Gallery


The new bells arrive at the church.
Photo: David Cawley collection

The new bells on display at the bell foundry in their frame.
Photo: Gillett & Johnston archive, Croydon
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2008-11-155152 Zeus Surprise Major
2002-06-045152 Plain Bob Major
1989-11-255056 Cambridge Surprise Major
1979-03-035088 Plain Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-02-251260 Mixed Doubles
2016-09-251260 Grandsire Triples
2016-06-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-09-081260 Grandsire Triples
2015-08-241287 Grandsire Triples
2015-08-171314 Rutland Surprise Major
2015-05-021260 Stedman Triples
2015-04-051260 Grandsire Triples
2014-05-051260 Grandsire Triples
2014-04-031344 Spliced Surprise Major (6 Methods)
2013-11-051250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2012-09-291260 Grandsire Triples
2012-06-041260 Grandsire Triples
2011-05-181280 Stroxton Surprise Major
2011-04-291260 Grandsire Triples
2010-08-161344 Frittenden Surprise Major
2009-02-271282 Platinum Surprise Major
2008-11-101260 Grandsire Triples
2008-08-181344 Musbury Surprise Major
2008-03-101260 Grandsire Triples
2005-12-311280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1986-06-071328 Plain Bob Major
1979-07-081260 Grandsire Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016