Snave, St Augustine

  • 3 bells, some of which are unhung
  • Tenor: 8 cwt approx. in A.
  • Grid Ref: TR014299
  • Church vested in the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust. The bells stand on the base beams of the frame.
  • Frame: 17th century; oak
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® 1 5 cwt approx.30⅝" 1795 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Never
® 2 5½ cwt approx.31¾" 1360-80 Stephen Norton, London Conventional Never
® 3 8 cwt approx37" A 1795 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



1360 -80 Present middle bell cast by Stephen Norton.
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1795 Treble and tenor recast by Thomas Mears I.
1799 Record of 2 bells in the tower. [2]
1978 The bells were dismantled and stood on timbers on the frame.
1981 18th Feb Church declared redundant.
1982 The cast in crown staple of the ancient 2nd bell was removed.
1983 19th Oct Declaration of Redundance Scheme.
1984 Declaration Scheme amended on 18 May. Church under the care of the Romney Marsh HCT.
[1] Item iij bells in the stepull. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Augustine, consists of only one isle and one chancel of equal length, and a small one on the north side. It is built of sand-stone, and embattled all round, having a tower steeple, with a beacon turret, at the west end, in which are two bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


Photo: Richard Offen

Photo: Richard Offen

The ancient middle bell.
Photo: Richard Offen

Photo: Richard Offen

As it appeared when hung.
Photo: Richard Offen

The bells when they were hung.
Photo: Richard Offen

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 4 April 2020