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4 and 5 are by John Brend, jun., and are inscribed in very good ornamental characters.
In 1768, the parishioners, upon representing that some short time since great part of their steeple fell down, obtained a faculty to sell the four largest of their five bells, and the lead off the roof, valued together at £220. Thirty-two years later, it appears from the following paragraph from the Norwich Mercury of 31st May, 1800, a peal was purchased of Osborn of Downham.
"A peal of five bells will be opened at Costessey on Wednesday next, being the King's Birthday, by some of the Norwich ringers: they are under-hand [sic], by Mr. Osborn bell-hanger and founder from Downham. Sir Wm Jerningham has subscribed largely, and the other inhabitants very liberally, so as to raise a sum sufficient for the purchase of the bells. Sir William has lately rebuilt part of the steeple which was blown down some years since, and added a very handsome spire to it (at his own expense) which makes it a great ornament to Costessey and the surrounding villages."
See also the Costessey parish page.
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