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Orlestone
 

Orlestone, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 4¼ cwt approx.29⅝" 1591 John Cole, Sussex (itinerant) Never
2 3¾ cwt approx27⅛" 1631 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never
Treble 2¾ cwt approx.25" 1631 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never

Inscriptions

History

1525 "Thomas Stokke, of Orlaston, by his will proved in 1525, bequeathed: to the repacion of the steple of Orleston, vs."
1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1591 Tenor recast by John Cole.
c 1600 Bells rehung in a new timber frame - the frame that is there today.
1631 Treble and 2nd recast by John Wilnar.
1799 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [2]
[1] First iij bells in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, stands on the upper side of the hill, one field distant from the road, which may be said to be almost disused. The church-yard adjoins to the farm-yard and the courtlodge. It is a very small building, consistin ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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