Folkestone, St Peter

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  • Single bell hung dead with electric solenoid hammer
  • Tenor: 7-0-11 in C♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR233361
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
Single bell 7-0-1133" C♯ 1898 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

 - Hung dead



1862 The foundation stone of the church was laid on 29 April. The architect was R C Hussey. Services started to be held here from its opening on 16 Sept. [1]
1868 The church was consecrated on 30 July by the Archbishop of Canterbury. [2]
1874 A fleche was erected on the roof of the church.
1898 A bell by Mears & Stainbank was hung in the small west bell turret for full circle ringing, and was dedicated on 12 Dec, [3]
2018 The bell was rehung with all new fittings for stationary chiming by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. The original somewhat rotten A frame (bell was originally hung for full circle ringing) was removed and the bell now hangs on its replacement deadstock on new timbers with an internal solenoid hammer. It was not tuned.
[1] FOLKESTONE. OPENING OF THE MARINERS' CHURCH - The new church for the use of the large population, chiefly composed of mariners and fishermen living on the east side of the railway arches, was opened on Tuesday with two services - morning and evening. (Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette - Sat 20 Sept 1862)
[2] CONSECRATION SERVICE - Holy Trinity Church, in the Upper Sandgate-raid, will be consecrated by the Archbishop to-day (Wednesday); and to-morrow the same ceremony will be performed in St.Peter's (Mariner's) Church on the East Cliff. The latter church has been open for Divine service for about six years. (Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser - Wed 29 Jul 1868)
[3] ST PETER'S CHURCH. A NEW BELL. INTERESTING CEREMONY. On Monday afternoon last an interesting ceremony took place at St Peter's Church, the occasion being the solemn dedication of a new bell, presented by a member of the congregation. The gatherine took place around the bell which was placed below the turret, a small display of bunting having added to the cheerfulness of the scene. Upon the bell, besides the name of the founders, Messrs. Nears [sic] abd Stainbank, London, was the following inscription,- "A.D. 1898. Orate pro anima Saræ Allfree et omnibus vivis ac mortuis." The builders were Messrs. James Wise and Son. The clergy present at the ceremony were - the Vicar of Folkestone (Rev. Erskine W. Knollys), accompanied by the Rev. Christopher Gregory, the Rev. Mr. Rand, the Rev. Mr. Land, and the crossbearer and choir. The Vicar stood on the platform, and the dedication service was proceeded with. This included the beautiful prayer in which it is asked that the bell may continually call together the faithful to praise and glorify God's name. On the conclusion of the service, THE REV. ERSKINE W. KNOLLYS said - The dedication of this bell is one more step in the development and expansion of this Church, which was originally built, as you know, under the direction of the late Vicar of Folkestone, who lives still in the affections of all those who knew him. It was built as a Mission Church, and when this parish was formed, it became necessary that it should be extended. In every way the Church had to be enlarged; a new aisle had to be built; new altars had to be provided; and the organ and the font. Now, to-day, another step is taken in the dedication of this bell, which has been given by a constant worshipper here, in memory of a beloved sister. All in connection with it is has been given by her, but it rests with you to provide the turret in which it will be placed, and I am quite sure you will do your part in this improvement to your Parish Church. The inscription on this bell tells of one great purpose which it is to serve, for it speaks of the Church's intercession. But it will remind you of a still wider purpose that this. It will speak to you of the presence of the Church in your midst; of her care for you, and her ministrations among you. When you hear the sound of the bell it will be a call to you to come and take your part in the daily worship, reminding you that you have your part to do as well as the clergy. If you look at the beginning of your prayer book you will see that it is specially ordered that a bell should be rung for this purpose, and one of the Canons, speaking of the saying of the litany, startes that all who are within half a mile of the Church should go there to say it with the priest, or that they should send one member of their household, - and therefore, I think, when the Church's bell sounds, it is a constant reminder to the people of the parish of the obligation which rests upon them to take a part in the services of the Church. Dear friends, surely it is fitting that each day should begin with praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, and should end with the acknowledgement of His Care of us during the day that has passed. And if your daily work makes this impossible, then the bell will tell you that those prayers are being offered for you, which you cannot offer for yourself. Especially to those in sickness does the Church's bell bring its message of help and comfort. It is an invitation to them to join in spirit, although they cannot join in body in the Church's services, and if they are too weak or too full of pain to follow in their own prayer-books the daily offices of the Church, still they have the comfort of feeling and recollecting that the prayers of the Church are being offered up for them. But if it is a voice of invitation it is also a voice of warning to those who are living week by week, month by month, without any thanksgiving to God, without any prayer to Him. They cannot say, when they hear the Church's bell constantly calling to them, that they did not know that the invitation had not been offered to them. Still there is one more office of the Church, that of which we are reminded by the inscription; when the soul passes from the body, the Church's bell is then heard calling upon the members of Christ's Church here on earth to pray for the soul as it passes into the dim, unknown, untried world of the future; and then comes the thought that when your time shall come, and when God shall call you away, the office of the Church towards you will not cease, but still the prayers of God's people will be lifted up for you, that in the eternal mercy of God you may have peace, refreshment, and light. And now the bell is about to be raised toits place. May it be a help to you in your spiritual life here in this parish, may it lead you to consecrate your life more to God, may it speak to you of the loving care of our Mother Church in life and in death. The bell was then slowly raised, as the humn "Lift it gently to the steeple," was sweetly sung. The blessing was given, and the clergy retired. A first few peals were given, and this ended the proceedings. (Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Sat 17 Dec 1898)


The bell photographed after it was rehung in 2018.
Photo: Brian Butcher, Sept 2018

Elsewhere in the Parish

Folkestone, St Mary's Westbrook School
Single bell - fate or existance unknown

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 31 May 2020