Orlestone, St Mary the Virgin

Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • 3 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 4¼ cwt approx. in C.
  • Grid Ref: TR000347
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • 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 Canons Retuned
® Treble 2¾ cwt approx.25" 1631 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed Never
® 2 3¾ cwt approx27⅛" 1631 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed Never
® Tenor 4¼ cwt approx.29⅝" 1591 John Cole, Sussex (itinerant) Removed Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



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, consisting of one isle and one chancel, having a very low pointed steeple of wood at the west end, in which are three bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

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