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Canterbury, Christ the King Chapel, Canterbury Christ Church University


Photo: www.folkandhoney.co.uk

  • Single bell hung dead
  • Tenor: 1 cwt approx.
  • Grid Ref: TR154578
  • Originally Christ Church Teacher Training College
  • Frame: Steel bracket frame, 1965

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
҂ Single bell 1 cwt approx.15⅞" 1982 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever

҂  - Hung for swing chiming

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell0-3-2214½"UnknownUnknownNeverNot known: apparently a ship’s bell

History

1964 The new Christ Church College was built (completed the following year). The chapel was said at the time to be the most striking building in Canterbury after the Cathedral.
1965 The Chapel of Christ the King was consecrated. It was equipped with a ship’s bell of poor tone, hung dead for electric chiming, hung on the main building opposite the chapel. The mechanism was supplied by Mears & Stainbank.
1981 The chiming mechanism broke down.
1982 After the bell had been taken down, it was decided on Whitechapel’s recommendation to replace it with a new bell. This was done, the new bell hanging on the bracket frame of the old one, which was scrapped. It is rung electronically. It has a 42 letter inscription plus 19 (W) 82 / WHITECHAPEL on the waist.
2005 The college was awarded full university status by the Privy Council. Canterbury Christ Church University was inaugurated the Archbishop of Canterbury was installed as Chancellor.



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