Folkestone, St Saviour (The Harbour Church)

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  • 3 bells hung dead in open gable and chimed with electric solenoid hammers
  • Tenor: 4½ cwt approx. in D.
  • Grid Ref: TR291053
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
1 2¾ cwt approx.23³⁄₁₆" F♯ 1899 John Warner & Sons Never
2 3½ cwt approx.25⅛" E 1899 John Warner & Sons Never
3 4½ cwt approx.27" D 1899 John Warner & Sons Never

 - Hung dead



1882 The first St Saviour's church was opened on 20 Jun.This was a temporary iron church pending the building of something more substantial, built on land given by the Earl of Radnor. [1]
1891 The foundation stone for the new church was laid by the Revd Beadmore Compton of All Saints, Regent Street, Westminster. The architects were J T Micklethwaite and Somers Clarke. [2]
1892 The church was opened on 27 Jun by the Bishop of Dover.. The newspapers at the time declared that the intention was to have an elegant tower built with a peal of bells. This never happened. [3]
1899 A set of three bells was cast by John Warner & Sons and hung in a 3-bell open gable which took the place of the proposed tower. The bells were hung with traditional wheels, but no stays or sliders. These replaced an initial single bell.
1900 The church was at last consecrated, on 25 July, by the Bishop of Dover. [4]
1903 The church was reported as still being incomplete since its opening in 1892. [5]
1949 The bells were overhauled by local builder William Dunk, who fitted new clappers made by Mears & Stainbank.
1980 One of the gudgeons of the 2nd broke, depositing the bell on the masonry shelf of its opening.
1983 The bells were rehung with all new stationary chiming fittings and internal electro-magnetic clappers. The fittings were from Whitechapel, although the site work was carried out by the KCACR.
2017 The Parochial Church Council declared difficulty in meeting the costs to maintain the building, so after 2 years of consultation, the building was acquired for use by the Elim Pentecostal Church, which rebranded it as "The Harbour Church".
[1] OPENING OF ST. SAVIOUR'S TEMPORARY IRON CHURCH. The new iron church built on a piece of land granted by the Earl of Radnor, accommodates upwards of four hundred persons. It is loft and well ventilated, the seats are wide and comfortable, and supplied with kneelers. The altar is well raised, and is furnished appropriately. Altogether it looks exceeding well, and will supply a felt want in the neighbourhood of this part of the Canterbury Road. The services on Tuesday were of the usual festive character to which churchment of Folkestone are accustomed. (Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser - Sat 24 Jun 1882)
[2] THE NEW CHURCH OF S. SAVIOUR On Tuesday afternoon, the foundation stone of S. Saviour's Church was laid. The Church is to replace the iron building. The site which was gaily decorated with flags presented a very animated appearance. A large concourse of people assembled to witness the ceremony. The service commenced with an address in the iron Church, announced to be given by the Rev. Canon T. T. Carter, Warden of the House of Mercy, Clewer, who was also to have laid the stone; but, being confined to his house through influenze, he sent the Rev. Beadmore Compton, of All Saints' Church, Regent Street, W., to officiate in his stead. ... The stone, which bore the inscription, "A.M.G.D. May, MDCCXCI," was then lowered, and the rev. gentleman giving it three taps with the mallet declared it laid. (Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser - Sat 16 May 1891)
[3] THE NEW CHURCH OF ST. SAVIOUR'S. - The Right Rev. the Bishop of Dover attended Folkestone on Monday afternoon and conducted the opening service at the new church erected by the residents inthe parish of St. Saviour's - which name it bears. He was supported by the Rev. M. Woodward (Vicar of Folkestone) the Rev. A. G. Dau (Incumbent of St. Michael's) ... It is proposed to add an elegant tower with a peal of bells, and a southern transept as a memorial to the late Reb. Claude Hankey, a former Vicar of the Parish. The entire work will cost £10,000 and the greater portion of this is still needed, as not sufficient fund have yet been raised to cover the cost of the present portion of the building - about £3,000. (Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette - Sat 2 Jul 1892)
[4] ST SAVIOUR'S, FOLKESTONE.- The Bishop of Dover, accompanied by Sir J. Hassard as registrar, attended on Wednesday afternoon last week and under a commission from the Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated the new church of St. Saviour, Folkestone, situate [sic] in the Canterbury road, and not far from Folkestone Junction. (Dover Express - Fri 3 Aug 1900)
[5] St Saviour's is an ecclestiastical parish, formed August 21, 1885, from the parishes of St. Mary and St. Michael and All Angels: the church, in Canterbury road, was opened in June, 1892, but is still incomplete. (Kelly's Directory of Kent, pg 283)

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