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Canterbury, St Thomas the Martyr Chapel upon Eastbridge


Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

  • Single bell
  • Tenor: 0-2-22
  • Grid Ref: TR148579
  • Rung from: Rung from upstairs floor
  • Frame: Medieval foundation with bell hung in turret in the roof timbers
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
҂ Single bell 0-2-22c. 14" 1842 Thomas Mears IINever

҂  - Hung for swing chiming

Inscriptions

Prior to 1842

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell0-2-314"1727Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1842.

Given and hung in 1585

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell1554William OldfieldNeverRecast, probably 1727

History

1190 The Foundation of the Hospital of St Thomas.
1552 Record of a burial bell, a small bell and 2 bells in the belfry. [1]
1554 A new sanctus bell was cast by Wiliam Oldfield for the Cathedral.
1585 The Dean & Chapter made a gift of the sanctus bell to Eastbridge.
1727 The bell was recast, almost certainly by Samuel Knight, who cast the Cathedral bells at the time.
1842 The bell was recast by Thomas Mears II at a cost of £3. [2]
1887 Stahlschmidt records no bell. This must have been a mistake.
2004 Bell reported as still being at the hospital but no longer used.
[1] Item a buryall bell and a small bell. Item ij bells in the belfrey. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] Canterbury, East Bridge Hospital, Kent: Daybook 5 February 1842 - bell 0-2-22, clapper. Old bell 0-2-3. Nett cost £3. (Whitechapel Day Book)



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