Margate, St Augustine

  • Formerly single bell 1-2-8
  • Formerly single bell 1-2-8 transferred to St Nicholas, Buckland Valley. Church demolished.
  • Grid Ref: TR357698
  • Also known as South Margate
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury

Prior to 1955

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Single bell1-2-819"1901Mears & StainbankNeverRemoved 1955. Transferred to Buckland Valley in 1960. Scrapped 1977.


1900 The foundation stone of the new new church in South Margate in the parish of St John the Baptist, was laid on 31 July. The architect was Mr Dalby-Reeve. [1]
1901 A bell was cast by Mears &Stainbank for the new church and hung in an open gable on the north east corner of the church. The church was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 6 Dec 1901. [2]
1910 Record of 1 bell. [3]
1955 The church was closed and the bell was taken down. The building was subsequently demolished.
1960 The bell was one of several gifts from former churches in the diocese to the new church of St Nicholas, Buckland Valley. The builders hung it dead in the gable.
1977 The new Priest-in-Charge at St Nicholas, Buckland Valley, The Revd David Cawley discovered that the 1901 bell was cracked and was hanging dangerously, so it was taken down by KCACR members. It was scrapped in favour of £93 towards the cost of a new bell.
[1] NEW CHURCH.- On Tuesday the Lord Lieut. of Kent (Earl Stanhope) laid the foundation stone of a new church (St. Augustine's) to be built at South Margate in connection with the parish church of St. John the Baptist. The proceedings commenced with a short service at St. John's after which his lordship, who was accompanied by the Vicars of Ramsgate, Margate and Minster (Revs. Canon H. Bartram, W. H. T. Ashton-Gwatkin and A. E. Molineux) and many of the clergy of the district, performed the ceremony of laying the stone, on which was the following inscription: "To the glory of the Most High God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and to the blessed memory of St. Augustine, Archibishop of Canterbury (A.D. 597-604), restorer of the faith of Christ in Kent, this stone was laid July 31st, 1900, by Arthur Philip, 6th Earl Stanhope, Lord Lieut. of this County." The church is to be build by Mr. W. W. Martin, of Ramsgate, Mr. Dalby-Reeve, of Margate being the architect. (Thanet Advertiser - Sat 4 Aug 1900)
[2] DEDICATION OF A NEW CHURCH,- Yesterday (Friday) the Archbishop of Canterbury visited Margate in connection with the opening and dedication of the new church of St. Augustine, which has been erected to meet the requirements of the large and rapidly-growing population of South Margate. The Mayor and Corporation attended the service. (Thanet Advertiser - Sat 7 Dec 1901)
[3] A modern lofty building in the Early English style. One bell. (The Parish Churches of the Diocese of Canterbury, Oyler Thomas H.)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 14 June 2020