Canterbury, Poor Priest's Hospital (currently The Marlowe Kit)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

  • 3 bells on display
  • Tenor: 8½ cwt approx. in A.
  • Clock bell removed at outset of WWII.
  • Grid Ref: TR147578
  • For many years Canterbury Heritage Centre. Use of building under review.
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҈ From Barton Court 1¼ cwt approx.17⅜" 1601 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Never
҈ Former tenor from St Mary Bredin 2-1-821⅞" 1505 Richard Kerner Never
҈ Former tenor from Kingston 8½ cwt approx.36⅝" A 1325 William le Belyetere, Canterbury Never

҈    - Unhung


Prior possibly to 1939

Bell DateFounderFate
Clock bellUnknownRemoved from cupola, possibly prior to hostilities.


1174 The original building on this site was probably a tannery.
1220 The building was converted into an almshouse, and then later a hospital for priests, by Alexander of Gloucester.
1987 The building was restored and converted into the Canterbury Heritage Museum.
2019 Following the closure of the museum in 2018, it reopened on 6 Apr 2019 with a year-long exhibition called The Marlowe Kit.


Barton Court, photographed in c.1940-1941. The turret that used to house the Robert Mot bell can be seen on the left.
Photo: Photographer unknown

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 25 September 2016