Brookland, St Augustine

Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 8-2-0 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TQ989258
  • Rung from: Ground Floor in Detached Tower
  • Frame: 1973 Whitechapel Bell Foundry, made of timber
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(c. 1979)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-0-2226½" F♯ 1973 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 4-3-1028½" E 1973 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 3 6-0-831" D 1685 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1973 Whitechapel
® 4 6-3-1332½" C♯ 1685 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1973 Whitechapel
® 5 7-3-2534⁷⁄₁₆" B William Chamberlain Conventional 1973 Whitechapel
® Tenor 8-2-036⁹⁄₁₆" A 1685 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1973 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Prior to 1973

Bell Weight
(most recent)
5th (of 5)12-0-041"1685John HodsonNeverRecast into 2 trebles, 1973


1440 Present 5th cast.
1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1685 4 bells cast by John Hodson forming bells 1,2,4,5 of a five around the Jordan bell. The frame was evidently for 6 bells.
1799 Record of 5 bells in a bellframe for more. [2]
1973 New ring formulated out of the old anticlockwise bells using the 4th as the tenor and adding 2 trebles. Rehung clockwise and retuned by Whitechapel.
[1] Item in the steple iiij small bells, and in the church one warning bell, one hand bell, and one sacringe bell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Augustine, is a very large handsome building, consisting of three isles and three chancels. The steeple stands on the north side, and at some small distance from it, in which are five bells. The steeple is framed of remarkable large timber. It is built entirely of wood, of an octagon form, perpendicular about five feet from the bottom, and from thence leffening to a spire at top, in which it has three different copartments or stories, the two uppermost larger at the bottom, and projecting over those underneath them. Although there are but five bells in it, yet it has frames for several more. The whole is much out of the perpendicular leaning towards the church. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


  • "St Augustine, Brookland, Kent", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 29 March 1974
  • Gallery

    The ringing room.
    Photo: Dickon Love
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2014-05-245040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2011-10-015040 Minor (7m)
    2006-05-295040 Surprise Minor
    2001-07-145040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
    1989-08-125040 Surprise Minor
    1977-10-155040 Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-11-031320 David Delight Minor
    2018-08-251260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2017-04-081260 Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles
    2016-12-091260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
    2016-04-011260 Doubles (4m)
    2015-05-121320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2014-04-011272 Norwich Surprise Minor
    2014-03-221260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2011-08-291320 Norwich Surprise Minor
    2011-02-241260 St. Clement's College Bob Minor
    2009-07-181260 Plain Bob Minor
    2008-11-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2008-08-141440 Surprise Minor (2m)
    2007-08-301320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2007-07-202007 Spliced Minor
    2007-05-071260 St Clement's C Bob Minor
    2005-05-131320 Kentish Delight Minor
    2004-03-141260 Plain Bob Minor
    2004-01-241260 Plain Bob Minor
    2003-09-271260 Doubles (11m)
    2002-03-231320 Pam's Retirement Delight Minor
    2001-02-251260 Mixed Doubles (3m)
    2000-04-081320 Spliced Surprise and Delight Minor (18m)
    1999-11-061296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    1999-08-141272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    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