Canterbury, St John's Hospital

Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming
  • Tenor: 1-0-2
  • 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)*

(As received 2020)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ Single bell 1-0-21-0-1016¾" 1866 John Warner & Sons Removed Never

* 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]
2020 The bell was refurbished by John Taylor & Co (including the removal of its conventional canons). It was rehung by Brian Butcher for John Taylor & Co.
[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)


The interior of the chapel.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

A temporary bell set up outside the chapel by David Cawley while the main chapel bell was away at Loughborough being refurbished.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

The bell on receipt at Loughborough in 2020.
Photo: David Cawley collection, 2020

The bell at Loughborough after its renovation in 2020.
Photo: David Cawley collection, 2020

The bell returned from Loughborough.
Photo: Brian Butcher, Nov 2020

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 31 December 2020