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History of Lynsted

Lynsted comes from the Old English ‘lind’ meaning a ‘lime-tree’ and ‘stede’ as a ‘place, site’; therefore, a ‘place where lime-trees grow’.


Lynsted parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and dates to 1180, although substantially rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. The stand-alone tower remained independent until the church’s lengthening in the 15th century. In 1597, Robert Mot cast and hung a bell in the tower, adding a further two – one a tenor - a few years later. John Wilnar added two additional bells to complete five in 1639. The tower had a clock installed on 28 April 1720. In 1739, Edward Hasted described the Lynsted church as a ‘handsome building, and consists of three isles and three chancels. The steeple, which is a spired shaft, covered with shingles, stands at the north west corner of it: in it is a ring of five bells’. The Victorians carried out restoration in the 19th century. In August 1940, the church suffered damage from a 50kg bomb that fell through the roof into the north aisle. In 2007, the clock bell from St George’s, Perry Hill augmented the bells, at Lynsted, to six.