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Folkestone
 

Folkestone, Christchurch


Photo: Dickon Love, 4 Aug 2018

  • Church demolished leaving the tower, formerly single bell
  • Grid Ref: TR223357
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II. Click for Heritage details.

Prior to c.1970

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Single bell6 cwt approx.1898?John Taylor & Co. ?NeverScrapped in the 1960s.

History

1850 Church built, although the tower was added later.
1887 Stahlschmidt noted on modern bell. [1]
1942 Church destroyed in a bombing raid leaving only the bell tower and the ringing bell. The garden became a garden of remembrance.
c 1970 The bell in the tower was sold to Ron Dove who scrapped it in the tower and sold the metal to John Taylor & Co in Loughborough. [2]
[1] Folkestone, Church Church. 1 modern bell. ("The Church Bells of Kent, J C L Stahlschmidt 1887)
[2] The ruins, excepting the tower, were demolished after WW2. The congregation decamped to Holy Trinity down the road. The clock is maintained by the Council, but I am afraid that the Bell has gone. It was a Taylor (I think) 1898. Potts used to do the clock and on one visit (in the 1960s) Ron Dove purchased the Bell, broke it up in the tower (I saw the bits in his car) and sold them on to JT&Co. I think it was about 6-cwt. (David Cawley memories)


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 5 August 2018