The Church Bells of the City of London

ST VEDAST, FOSTER LANE

Photo DrL 7th May 2006
6 bells
Tenor: 16-2-12 in F
Never subsequently retuned
Frame: 1960 Mears & Stainbank (timber)
PEALS

DETAILS OF THE BELL

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

5-2-16 30" D

1960

Mears & Stainbank

2

6-1-8 32" C

1960

Mears & Stainbank

3

7-0-23 34" B flat

1960

Mears & Stainbank

4

8-3-6 36" A

1960

Mears & Stainbank

5

11-2-17 40" G

1960

Mears & Stainbank

6

16-2-12 45" F

1960

Mears & Stainbank

INSCRIPTIONS

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FORMER BELLS

These are the bells that were destroyed on 10th May, 1941. The weights are the scrapping weights.

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

5-2-12 30"

C

1672

John Darbie

2

6-3-2 33"

B flat

1671

John Darbie

3

7-3-8 35"

A flat

1672

John Darbie

4

8-3-8 36"

G

1771

Thomas Mears I

5

12-3-14 41"

F

1671

John Darbie

6

15-2-24 46"

E flat

1726

Richard Phelps

Clock

2 cwt approx. 20"

1706

John Waylett

Disused

3 cwt approx. 26"

E flat

1704

Samuel Newton & John Peele

The former 4th, recast in 1771 was as follows:

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

4

G

1672

John Darbie
1.

GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH. IOHN DARBIE MADE ME 1672.

2.

FEARE GOD     KING [Charles II Shield]    IOHN DARBIE MADE MEE 1671

3.

GOOD PETER PICKERING CHVRCH WARDEN BENEFACTOR. IOHN DARBIE MADE ME 1672

4.

THOMAS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT. 1797

5.

IOHN VENPORT BENEFACTOR 50 POVNDS. IOHN DARBIE MADE MEE 1671

6.

THO LAWRENCE CHA SHVCKBVRGH CH WNS OF ST MARTIN ------ GVL SLEATH TH: BARRY CH WNS OF ST VEDAST ALIVS FOSTER. R:PHELPS FECIT 1726

Clock.

THE GVIFT OF PETER PICKERING 1706

Disused.

WM u SWANN u DAVID u ABBOT u CH WARDENS 1704

S NEWTON u I u PEELE MADE ME

It is not known how these inscriptions were arranged - particular on the tenor, which is given here in one line.

HISTORY

1552 Record of 5 bells and a sanctus.
1671/2 A ring of 6 bells was cast for the tower by John Darbie.
1697 Church rebuilt.
1704 A bell was cast for the church of St Matthew, Friday St.
1706 A clock bell was cast, the gift of Peter Pickering.
1708 Record of 6 bells in the tower.
1726 Tenor recast.
1797 4th recast.
Late 19th Cent 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.
1882 The bells were put into order by G.R. Banks of Kennington Lane.
1885 14th Aug Church reopened after restoration.
1887 St Matthew's, Friday St was pulled down and the parish united with St Vedast. The bell was transferred to St Vedast and hung dead in the frame.
1941 10th May 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.