Brighstone, St Mary the Virgin
The earliest record of any bells were in the inventories compiled by the commissioners of Henry VIII in 1536 when there were three bells plus a sanctus bell. References to the sanctus bell are in the Parish Records until 1590 and then cease, its ultimate fate is unknown. The Parish Records speak of casting a 'Great Bell' at Romsey in 1610, and a 'Midle Bell' at Newport in 1613.
In 1740 the bells were recast, rehung and augmented to five. The work was done by Joshua Kipling of Portsmouth, known as a good producer of moulds but a poor designer of bells. A brass gun which was housed in a 'gun house', at one time next to the north side of the tower, is believed to have been incorporated into the bell metal at this time. The original treble (the present second) became cracked in 1780 and was recast by Thomas Mears in 1800. The bells were again rehung by Mears and the second bell (present third) was recast in 1877; the inscription "SUCCESS TO THE GREAT ADMIRAL VERNON" and the impressions of the Vernon medal are thought to have been lost from the bell during this casting. In 1961 the present bells were recast and rehung and a new treble was added, being the gift of Frank Cheverton in memory of his wife.