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Offline MartinR

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2018, 23:32:07 »
Here's a little on the history of All Saints, Frindsbury's bells.  I originally wrote this for Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints_Church,_Frindsbury) and have since used it in handouts for tower open days.

The Bells of All Saints, Frindsbury

The ringing chamber is reached by the 15th century spiral staircase from the ground floor of the tower.  The room contains the church clock, installed in 1911 as a memorial to the family of John Rose.  The ringing chamber was probably the medieval priests' lodgings, and as such has the typical window giving a view of the chancel.  A wooden ladder leads up to the bell chamber.

There is a ring of eight bells (tenor 15-2-4 in F) hung in the English style for full circle ringing.  The earliest recorded date is on the number 6 bell which was originally cast in 1260.  In 1584 what is now the number 6 was cast.  The current service bell was cast in 1637 as the treble of five.  The following year the tenor was cast by John Wilnar.  In 1656 the then second (now 5th) was recast by John Darbie.  This was the ring "of five bells and a small one" recorded by Hasted in 1797.  In 1865 the tenor was recast.

In 1670 a Dutch founder, Gerritt Schimmel, cast what became for a while the sanctus bell.  It hung on the west wall of the nave until the 1980s.  Love records it as having been sold, Wade claims it was stolen in 1982.

In 1920 the old second and third (now 5 and 6) were recast by Alfred Bowell and three new trebles supplied to augment the ring to the present eight.  In 1923 Bowell recast the back two bells.  In 2000 the only remaining pre 20th-century bell, the 1637 number four was found to be of poor tone.  As part of a refurbishment sponsored by the Millennium Commission it was hung dead as the service bell and a new fourth ("Carole") was cast by John Taylor & Co.

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2016, 13:39:03 »
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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2014, 19:50:23 »
I was passing there today. It's a very picturesque little church, so I took a few shots. There are some great views over Chatham, Rochester and Strood from up by there too.

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2012, 10:07:47 »
Just to confirm Church Organ has now been removed !

This is bad news. So many of these marvellous old instruments are going to France, and further afield. But at least they have been found a home and not broken up or scrapped. Do you know what is replacing it?


The church has suffered a series of lead thefts, resulting in repeated water damage to the organ which has been replaced with an electronic.

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2011, 18:35:40 »
I was passing there today. It's a very picturesque little church, so I took a few shots. There are some great views over Chatham, Rochester and Strood from up by there too.









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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2011, 17:40:47 »
I was told that the roof of the church was made out of old ships timbers, and there is an old carved coat of arms from a ship hanging on the back wall.

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 15:50:34 »
Just to confirm Church Organ has now been removed !

This is bad news. So many of these marvellous old instruments are going to France, and further afield. But at least they have been found a home and not broken up or scrapped. Do you know what is replacing it?


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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2011, 14:34:02 »
This is a lovely church, my ex mother in law got married in this church, she went from a "burt" to a "smith" her son( my ex) also got married in this church to his now wife, it has stunning views on a lovely clear day.

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011, 11:30:23 »
Just to confirm Church Organ has now been removed !

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2010, 16:48:52 »
The Organ is due to be removed this week and is to be sent to France.

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 07:59:43 »
Both my children christened there and been to a couple of weddings, lovely church. Nice pics colin

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 02:10:14 »

no "R" in this old print

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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010, 16:52:39 »
I had an impromptu look inside this church yesterday. Only had about ten mins or so to spare.





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Re: All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 22:19:22 »
My Auntie is Buried in Frindsbury Church, I never met her.
During the war she was one of Winston Churchill`s drivers.
Poor devil born with the surname "Lamb" and when married became Mrs Cuckoo!

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All Saints, Frindsbury
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 21:23:13 »

 

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