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History of Postling

Postling comes from the Old English ‘ingas’ meaning the ‘people of, people called after’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘people of Possel’. The Domesday Book chronicles Postling as Postinges.

Postling parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Radegund. The Normans built it in the late 11th or early 12th century with additions and extensions in the following 100 years. Around 1325, William de Belyetere cast and hung three bells in the tower. In 1623, Joseph Hatch recast the treble bell. In 1799, Edward Hasted described the Postling church as ‘very antient, and consists of one isle and one chancel, having a low pointed tower at the west end, in which hang three bells’. In 1897, the Victorians carried out a major restoration, renewing the external window jabs, eastern buttresses and Quoins. Whitechapel repaired and rehung the bells in 1979…. more