Sandgate, St Paul

Photo: Mutzy, Oct 2008

  • Formerly single bell and set of 5 tubular bells
  • Formerly single bell, possibly transferred to the library, and 5 tubular bells, disposed of.
  • Grid Ref: TR207352
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Earlier Tubular Bells

Bell Date Founder Fate
1 1921 Harrington, Holland & Co., Coventry Assumed disposed of
2 1921 Harrington, Holland & Co., Coventry Assumed disposed of
3 1921 Harrington, Holland & Co., Coventry Assumed disposed of
4 1921 Harrington, Holland & Co., Coventry Assumed disposed of
5 1921 Harrington, Holland & Co., Coventry Assumed disposed of

Former bell

Bell DateFounderFate
Single bellUnknown


1822 The Earl of Darnley built the "Sandgate Episcopal Chapel" on a plot of land adjoining his estate where the current church now stands. It was conscrated on 28 May and the architect was S S Teulon. [1]
1848 The earlier building was demolished.
1849 A new, much larger church, was built. The architect was Mr Keeble. It was opened by the Archbishop on 26 Sept. [2] [3]
1870 For 7 years from 1870, a project was started for the building of a church tower, but the funds were diverted to other improvements in the church. [4]
1887 J C L Stahlschmidt reported "A small modern tinkler, invisible and, according to the Vicar, almost inaudible. 'Remote, unfriendly, melancholy, slow.'"
1888 The church became the parish church of Sandgate (prior to that it was a chapel-of-ease).
1921 Mrs C F Tyrrell, wife if the Vicar, presented the church with a chime of 5 tubular bells. As the church had no tower, a small shed was erected attached to the east side of the gable standing over the west end of the church, and the bells were hung in that. The gable used to also house a small (conventional) bell. At some point in the future the whole apparatus was removed, and the gable end itself was dismantled. It is said that the conventional bell was transferred to the library across the road. [5] [6]
1927 The Sandgate Magazine ran an appeal for a "bell tower"! [7]
[1] CONSECRATION OF THE CHAPEL at SANDGATE, Sandgate, May 28. - The village of Sandgate, which, from its great beauty and local advantages, has of late years become a popular watering-place, had long been destitute of a place of workship, and the inhabitants and visitors were under the necessity of attending Fivine Service at the parish church of Folkestone, two miles distant. To remedy this inconvenience, the Earl of DARNLEY, about two years ago since, most handsomely completed the erection of a Chapel in the village, which was this day consecrated by the archbishop of CANTERBURY ... The Chapel is a neat oblong brick building, capable of containing between three and four hundred persons, which is more than the present population of Sandgate, visitors being included. Thus the only inconvenience of any magnitude which this beautiful watering-place ever possess has been effectually removed. - The scene was enlivened by a number of Gentlemen intend to commemorate the event by a dinner at the Martello Tower Inn. (Sun (London) - Friday 31 May 1822)
[2] SANDGATE. On Wednesday last the Archbishop of Canterbury preached at Sandgate church, in aid of the funds for rebuilding the same. The sacred edifice has been entirely re-modelled under the direction of the architect, Mr. Keeble, of Folkestone, and will now accommodate upwards of eight hundred persons. (Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser - Saturday 06 October 1849)
[3] The re-opening of Sandgate Church will (d.v.) take place on Wednesday, the 26th of September, 1849, when His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury will preadh on behalf of the Funds. Service to commence at Three o'Clock in the Afternoon. (Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser - Sat 22 Sept 1849)
[4] Between 1870 and 1877 a prohect was started for the building of a Church Tower, but the money collected for this purposes was applied to more necessary improvements elsewhere in the Church. Thus the Children's Gallery was removed, and open-pews replaced the old box pews. (History of Sandgate Church, Sandgate Townswomens Guild, 1954)
[5] New bells for Sandgate Church. Mrs. C. F. Tyrrell, wife of the Vicar of Sandgate, has presented her husband's church with a gift which has been described as being "unprecedented in the history of the church." It consists of a peal of five tubular bells, and is given in memory of her parents, Mr. ans Mrs. Ed. Clark, of Hackwood, Bromley. Most parishioners of Sandgate will agree that the present bell does not possess an altogether musical sound, but now the approach of the hour of worship will be announced by bells whose musical sound will be more in harmony with their sacred use and object. It is expected that the bells will be rung for the first time on Christmas morning - a very appropriate occasion. (Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Sat 24 Dec 1921)
[6] At a recent meeting of the Sandgate Parish Church Council Mr. A. H. Ullyett presented the statement of accounts for the nine months ending December 31st which showed a balance in hand of £1 18s. 3d ... The amount of insurance against fire has been increased to £12,400, which include the new tubular bells recently given to the Church by Mrs. Tyrrell. (Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Sat 18 Mar 1922)
[7] WANTED - A BELL TOWER. Among the monthly list of wants in the Sandgate Magazine is the item: "A tower for the church bells." (Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 21 May 1927)


The original "Sandgate Episcopal Chapel".

A photograph of the church (just about) showing the shed holding the tubular bells attached to the gable end.
Photo: A Short History & Guide, Gibson, Rev A H

Elsewhere in the Parish

Sandgate, Library
Single bell hung dead

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 11 May 2020