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Lynsted Church of Ss Peter and Paul

- Society Project to record Lynsted Parish Church Graveyard

- Memorials and Tablets inside Lynsted Church

- The five bells

- War Damage and £1,000 appeal (1940)

- Hatchments (mostly 18th century)

- Elizabeth Selby, MBE, assessment of the church

- Guide book (PDF download, revised 2012)

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Lynsted church of Saints Peter and Paul

Lynsted Church around 1790We have a significant collection of pages and articles relevant to this church, which sits in the centre of Lynsted village.

Not mentioned in the Domesday Book, estimates of the first chapel or church to be built in the hamlet of Lynsted/Linsted to raise it to the status of a "village" place the church's origins between 1180 (estimated age of part of the tower by Aymer Vallance) and 1229. Lynsted Church is mentioned as a “Chapel of Tenham” in the Archbishop’s Black Book, and was given, as well as Teynham, Doddington and Iwade, to his brother, the Archdeacon Simon Langton, in 1229 by Archbishop Stephen Langton.

Elizabeth Selby wrote at length about this church based on her first-hand access to the Parish Box up to 1935 when she published Teynham Manor and Hundred (798 - 1935). In her book, she lists vicars since 1280.

The painting of Lynsted Church from about 1790 (seen above) was discovered in the church bell-tower. A somewhat more bucolic view than the one we enjoy today! Originally donated to the Diocese in 1951 by Mr Sales (the name is unclear) of Birchington.

Bells of Lynsted Church of Saints Peter and Paul

Church Sketch by DixonYou may also find interesting the Kent County Association of Change Ringers web site.

5 bells

Tenor 10-2-25 in G
Canterbury District
Frame: 1944 on a foundation for 6 bells.
Retuning: Mears & Stainbank 1952

Number Weight Diameter Cast Founder
1 4-1-16 28 5/8" 1639 John Wilnar
2 5-2-16 30 7/8" 1952 Mears & Stainbank
3 5-3-2 32 1/8" 1639 John Wilnar
4 8-0-0 35 7/8" 1884 John Warner & Sons
5 10-2-25 39 1/2" 1600 Robert Mot


  2. Robertvs + mot + me + fecit 1597 RECAST 19 52
  3. IOHN WILNAR 1639
  5. Robertvs + mot + me + fecit 1600


1597 2nd cast by Robert Mot.
c. 1600 4th cast by Robert Mot.
1600 Present tenor cast.
1639 Treble and 3rd cast by John Wilnar.
1884 4th recast by John Warner.
1944 Bells rehung in a new frame on a foundation for 6 bells.
1952 2nd recast and bells retuned and rehung by Mears & Stainbank.

Elizabeth Selby tells us:

“Various gifts are mentioned to the bells:

Elena Bix in 1473, 20/- to the buying of a Bell for the Church.
Joan Stebill, 1497, to the Great Bell 20d.
Richard Selhnere, 1517. 20/- to the Bell frames.

The Church Bells are as follows :-

  1. John Wilnar made me, 1639.1
    2. Robertus Mot me fecit, 1597.2
    3. John Wilnar 1639. 1
    4. Recast by John Warner, 1884.
    5. Robertus Mot me fecit, 1600.

The earlier No. 4 was also made by Robertus Mot.”