Folkestone, St John the Baptist

Photo: David Anstiss (Creative Commons License)

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever
  • Tenor: 3½ cwt approx. in E.
  • Grid Ref:
  • Frame: Iron wall-bracket frame
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 3½ cwt approx.25" E 1845 William Taylor, Oxford Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming



1845 Two bells were cast for the new church at Holy Trinity, Blackfriars Road, Oxford by William (brother of John) Taylor.
1877 The foundation stone of a new church was laid by the Bishop of Dover on 3 Oct. It was known as St John the Baptist, Foord. The architect was A R Barker. [1]
1879 The new church was consecrated by the Bishop of Dover on 3 Feb. [2]
1887 J C L Stahschmidt noted a "modern bell" (which he probably inferred rather than observed). [3]
1954 The church of Holy Trinity, Oxford was closed (and finally demolished in 1957). The two bells were given to St John the Baptist, Folkestone. The 25" bell was hung for swing chiming with a lever in a bracket frame on the south wall of the nave but it is not known what happened to the smaller (12½") nor to any bell that the church might have possessed before.
[1] LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE. On Wednesday afternoon the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new church in connection with Christ Church was performed by the Right Rev. the Bishop of Dover. The site of the new building is on an elevated spot at the corner of a new road leading out of Foord Road a short distance beyond the Railway Viaduct. (Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser - Sat 6 Oct 1877)
[2] CONSECRATION OF THE NEW CHURCH AT FOORD. The Bishop of Dover attended on Monday, to consecrate the new church of St. John the Baptist, Foord, to which has been assigned a district, comprising the north-east side of the parish of Christ Church. The site of the church is at the corner of a field abutting upon the Foord-road, and by the side of the footpath leading to Darlington. It was given for the purpose by the Earl of Radnor. The church is build in the early decorated style of architecture, with the local ragstone laid in random courses, with box ground, Bath stone dressings, the internal walls being lined with rich coloured red brick-work, coursed with grey. (Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser - Sat 8 Feb 1879)
[3] Modern church and modern bell. (Church Bells of Kent (J C L Stahlschmidt, 1887))

Elsewhere in the Parish

Folkestone, Gas and Coke Company
Single bell - existance or fate unknown

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 12 April 2020