Canterbury, St John's Hospital

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming
  • Tenor: 1-0-10
  • Grid Ref: TR152583
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)*
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
҂ Single bell 1-0-1016¾" 1855 John Warner & SonsNever

* Source of weight figures: John Taylor & Co, 2020
҂  - Hung for swing chiming



1084 St John’s Hospital was founded by Archbishop Lanfranc. It had twin naves, and a tower at the north west end.
c. 1400 The hospital and chapel were extensively rebuilt.
1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1744 A faculty was granted for pulling down the north nave, the tower and to sell the bells, believed to be three.
1758 Rev'd Bryan Fausett recorded one bell in the tower with reference to the earlier three. [2]
1855 The chapel was restored, a belfry constructed in the west wall and a small bell was purchased from John Warner & Sons.
1887 Stahlscmidt records one bell of no interest. [3]
[1] Item thre bells in the Steple. Item syx lityll bells sometyme called Sacryng bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "Here was a large North Chancell; but it has been long since pull’d down. There is now but One Bell, which hangs in the West End of the Chappell. There were formerly 3 as Batteley informs us." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[3] Stated by the late Mr. John Mears to be a bell "of no interest." (Church Bells of Kent, Stahlschmidt, J C L)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 27 August 2020