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Orpington
 

Orpington, All Saints


Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Single Bell 5 cwt approx.29" 1813 John Briant Never

History

1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower.
1761 The vestry minutes give a resolution to repair and beautify the church.
1771 -2 Church tower rebuilt.
1797 Record of 2 bells in the tower. [1]
1812 The tower was struck by lightning when, according to Stahlschmidt, the bells were carried away to St Mary Cray. He suggests they were then taken to London to raise money.
1813 Bell cast by John Briant.
1840 The parish vestry recorded regulations for bell ringing.
[1] The church, which is dedicated to All Saints, is small but neat, and kept in good repair; it consists of one isle, and a chancel at the east end; the screen between them is a curious piece of Gothic work, carved on oak, in good prefervation; the spire and ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 2', Edward Hasted)

Gallery


The church before the tower and spire were destroyed.
Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013

The single bell in the belfry.
Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013


Photo: Nicholas Wilkins, 30 July 2013
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Orpington, Mayfield Place
At least 1 clock bell (there may be more)

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