Canterbury, St Columba

Photo: Googlemaps, August 2020

  • Formerly 1 bell ½ cwt approx.
  • Tenor: ½ cwt approx.
  • Formerly single bell ½ cwt approx. stolen c.1978
  • Grid Ref: TR164592
  • Formerly daughter church to St Gregory, closed 1978 and now a shop

The stolen bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Single bell½ cwt approx.12"20th CentUnknownNeverFormer ship's bell. Stolen c. 1978


1937 A church was built to serve the households on Vauxhall area and was consecrated on 7 November by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was brick with an open west gable. It served as a daughter church to St Gregory the Great. A small bell, which was a blank ex-ship's bell, was given by the Vicar, Canon Thompson. It had a peg argent and was hung for swing chiming in the open gable, rung from the ground floor.
1972 The church was damaged by fire.
1978 St Gregory’s and St Columba’s churches were declared redundant and the ‘new’ All Saints (the former St Alban’s Garrison Church) became the parish church. The bell from St Columba’s was to be taken down but is said to have been stolen.. The building is now a shop.

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 23 August 2020