Canterbury, Holy Cross (now the Guildhall)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

  • No bells (formerly ring of 5)
  • Formerly ring of 5, tenor 10-3-1. Transferred to Westgate-on-Sea.
  • Grid Ref: TR146581
  • Anticlockwise
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1739 reconstructed in 1871
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.

Prior to 1972

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Treble (of 5)4-3-428½"E♭1739Thomas LesterNeverTransferred to Westgate in 1973
2nd (of 5)5-0-1029"D♭1608Joseph HatchNeverTransferred to Westgate in 1973
3rd (of 5)5-2-1731¾"C1615Joseph HatchNeverTransferred to Westgate in 1973
4th (of 5)8-2-2425¼"B♭1360-80Stephen NortonNeverTransferred to Westgate in 1973
Tenor (of 5)10-3-138¼"A♭1608Joseph HatchNeverTransferred to Westgate in 1973

Prior to 1739

Bell NoteDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 5)E♭1730Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1739


1360 -1380 Bell cast by Stephen Norton (future 4th of 5).
1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower.
1608 Treble and tenor (of 4) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1615 2nd (of 4) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1730 Treble bell added by Samuel Knight to make 5, hung by John Potter.
1739 Treble recast by Thomas Lester and bells hung in a new frame.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1802 Bells rehung.
1871 Frame reconstructed when the tower was rebuilt. The bells hung exactly as they were before.
1922 Last full circle ringing on the bells. After this time, they were condemned as unringable.
1930 The tower was open for the KCACR 50th Anniversary meeting which was held in Canterbury.
1972 Church declared redundant on 11th Feb. Declaration of redundancy scheme on 30th May. Bells taken out by KCA members in May and were sold for £500, stored, under license from the Diocese, at Whitechapel. Before removal, permission was granted for the bells to be rung (with the 4th chimed) to changes by some of those involved in the work.
1975 Bells tuned, augmented to 6 and rehung in the tower of St Saviour, Westgate-on-Sea. It is a coincidence that they travelled from one Westgate to another!
[1] "This Church consists of the Chancell, The Body, and 2 Side Isles. The Tower stands at the West End of the S. Isle, in which hang 5 Bells, thus inscribed. 1. John Fisher, Ch. Warden 1739. 2. R.F. Joseph Hatch made Me 1668. 3. I.H.R.C. Joseph Hatch made Me 1614. 4. Stephanus Norton Kent Me Fecit. 5. R.F. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1668." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)


  • "Association rescues Canterbury ring", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 21 July 1972
  • "The bells of Saint Saviour's Church, Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet, Kent", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 30 July 1976
  • Gallery

    The last ringing at Holy Cross was not from the Ground Floor ringing room as the Cathedral's old ropes were not long enough! (left - right: Derek Carr, Tony Skilton, Martin Haigh)
    Photo: David Cawley

    The tenor reaches ground level, May 1972. Jim Stockbridge, who learned to ring on this bell in 1919, watches, with David Cawley whom Jim taught to ring in 1958.
    Photo: David Cawley

    Holy Cross and Westgate showing the old tower with penthouse on the top.
    Photo: David Cawley collection

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 25 September 2020