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Canterbury, St Margaret


Photo: Richard C Offen, 6 Apr 2007

  • Formerly ring of 3, tenor 6-3-0
  • Formerly ring of 3, tenor 6-3-0. Transferred to Canterbury (St Peter), Newchurch & Droxford, Hants.
  • Grid Ref: TR149577
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: Locally made in c.1625 thought to be still in situ.

Prior to 1968

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterNoteDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 3)3-2-1127"D1903Samuel B. GoslinNeverTransferred to St Peter's
2nd (of 3)5-0-429½"C1625Joseph HatchNeverRecast 4-2-1 and transferred to Droxford, Herts
Tenor (of 3)6-3-032½"B♭1625Joseph HatchNeverRecast 4-1-15 and transferred to Newchurch, Kent.

Prior to 1903

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterNoteDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 3)3½ cwt approx.27"D1599Thomas HatchNeverRecast in 1903

The dispersed bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterNoteDateFounderRetunedFate
13-1-2227"D1903Samuel B. Goslin1968 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
24-2-129½"1968John Taylor & Co.Never
34-1-1532½"1968WhitechapelNever

History

1552 Record of 3 bells and a sanctus bell in the tower. The sanctus has subsequently disappeared without trace.
1599 Treble (of 3) recast by Thomas Hatch. "We presented that our bells are broken and cannot conveniently be rung, also our bells do want ropes. The befrie lofts are at reparaciouns and also there wanteth a ladder to go into the roomes where the bells do hange as heretofore there hath been."
1625 2nd and tenor (of 3) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1793 Record of 3 bells with their inscriptions (Cozens). [1]
1850 New spiral stair turret built and ringers moved upstairs. It was reported that the condition of the bells was so bad that two boys had been injured in swinging them, and that the treble was cracked.
1903 The cracked treble was recast by Samuel Goslin, who also rehung the other bells (tenor for ringing, others for swing chiming). The treble broke in half as it was being lowered. Chiming apparatus was installed.
1942 Church damaged by bombing.
1956 Church reopened as a centre and church for the deaf.
1968 Bells removed from the church. The treble was tuned & went to St Peter's, Canterbury (as the treble of 4), the middle bell recast & sent to Droxford, Hants as a treble to augment the 4 to 5, the tenor was recast as a treble to augment the 5 at Newchurch.
c 1985 The church was closed and refurbished as "The Canterbury Tales" tourist and heritage centre.
2020 "The Canterbury Tales" closed down, the church reverted to the Diocese.
[1] The church consists of three ailes, with a low square tower at the West end of the South aile, in which are three bells. On the 1st, several initials, 1599, 2d, "Josephvs Hatch me fecit, 1625." 3d, Ditto. (A Tour the the Isle of Thanet and Some other Parts of East Kent, Cozens, Zechariah, 1793)

Gallery


The former treble bell, now at St Peter's, Canterbury. (Photo Nov. 1968)
Photo: David Cawley

The tenor bell complete with Mr Goslin's iron stay and latchet slider.
Photo: David Cawley

The treble and tenor on the floor, Nov. 1968. The wheel in the background has been converted into a coathanger at St Alphege, Whitstable.
Photo: David Cawley

The second bell on the lorry leaving the church.
Photo: David Cawley

Drawings of the Frame


NS Elevation of the frame. The west and east ends are at the top (left to right) with the 3rd post along having been renewed. The chiming hammers are to the north (dated 1903).
Photo: David Cawley drawing, 1968

West and East elevations. North is to the left, South to the right.
Photo: David Cawley drawing, 1968

Plan of the belfry.
Photo: David Cawley drawing, 1968

Pictures of the church


Old photograph of the church.
Photo: David Cawley

The church as appearing in 2020.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

Access to the tower is via a small external door. David Cawley is pictured here trying it.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

View of the church from the churchyard.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

The St Margaret's churchyard in 2020 - an amazing piece of rough ground in the City Centre. Beyond the wooden fence is the churchyard of St Mary Breadman, still extant.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 18 December 2020