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Stedman Doubles from Orston in Nottinghamshire

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Published on Aug 5, 2011

Orston is a pretty and agricultural village in eastern Nottinghamshire. The church of St Mary has a rather rare posession.... a large drum which was actually in use at the Battle of Waterloo!

The tower is a petite Georgian affair which is dwarfed by the church. Presumably it's a replacement for an older one as the oldest bell here dates from 1599.

1 1923 Gillett & Johnston
2 1923 Gillett & Johnston
3 1621 Henry Oldfield III
4 1599 Henry Oldfield II
5 1730 William Noone
6 1923 Gillett & Johnston (9-1-18 (478kg) in Ab)

Presumably they were rehung with new frame and fittings and augmented in 1923. They are a quality little six and I was pleased to be able to have a ring on a bell which was cast by Henry Oldfield the third... bells by his father (Henry Oldfield II) are quite common in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands but I had never come across one by the III.

This is some Stedman Doubles rung with a silent single, which naturally came as a surprise to some of the band. Orston was the first tower on the Summer tour 2011 of the Warwick University Bell Ringing Society, which was based in the Vale of Belvoir.

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