Northbourne, St Augustine

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 8-2-15 in B.
  • Grid Ref: TR333522
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1910 Alfred Bowell, made of timber and (unusually) fixed diagonally in the tower
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-1-023" G♯ 1911 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 2 3-0-2525¾" F♯ 1909 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 3 4-0-1126¾" E 1909 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 4 4-3-1929½" D♯ 1711 Matthew Bagley, Cripplegate Removed
® 5 6-1-1631¾" C♯ 1711 Matthew Bagley, Cripplegate Removed
® Tenor 8-2-1535¼" B 1711 Matthew Bagley, Cripplegate Removed

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 1909 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Steel


Prior to 1909 of the ring of 5

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 5)1711Matthew BagleyNeverRecast in 1909.
2nd (of 5)1711Matthew BagleyNeverRecast in 1909.


1711 Ring of 5 cast by Matthew Bagley.
1759 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1795 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1909 Treble and 2nd (of 5) recast by Alfred Bowell and the bells were rehung in a new steel frame for six bells with steel headstocks. The frame is unusual in that it is built diagonally in the tower.
1911 New treble added to make 6 by Alfred Bowell, who also rehung the bells.
1970 Ringing chamber floor was restored allowing the bells to be rung again.
2002 The tenor was found to be loose on its headstock, so all the bells were tightened by the KCACR.
[1] This Church consists of the Chancell, Body, and 2 Transepts, or Isles. The Tower stands in the Middle of the Building, and is cap’t with a low Spire; in it hang 3 Bells, wch. I cd. not get at. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[2] The Church stands at the upper, or West end of the village; it is a decent structure of one aile, one chancel and a North and South transept, with a square pointed tower at the West end, containing five Bells. (Zechariah Cozens, 1795)


This is a photograph taken in 1909 of the bells in their frame in Alfred Bowell's Bellfoundry.
Photo: Chris Pickford collection.
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2002-12-305040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2002-11-235040 7 Methods Surprise Minor
1950-02-185040 Plain Bob Minor
1948-02-285040 Grandsire Doubles
1947-05-245040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-01-091260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-05-041260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-12-171260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-01-121260 Grandsire Doubles
2012-04-101260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2011-08-101404 Grandsire Minor
2011-08-061260 Plain Bob Minor
2007-09-011260 St Augustine Bob Doubles
2005-12-271260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2004-09-201260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
1975-04-021320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
1974-08-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
1971-01-091260 Doubles (2m)
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016