Seasalter, St Alphege

Photo: David Cawley collection

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever in open gable
  • Tenor: 2¾ cwt approx. in G.
  • Grid Ref: TR932742
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 2¾ cwt approx.23" G 1592 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming



1561 The parishioners complained that their "Bells are stolen away and conveyed to Mr Lynche’s house in Sandwich". Simon Lynche was Mayor of Sandwich at the time. It is believed from the evidence of the plural 'bells' that the church had a tower, and a tower is shown on an 18th century boundary map. [1]
1592 A Bell was cast by Robert Mot of Whitechapel.
1793 Cozens noted that the vane was inscribed "T. H. 1736". [2]
1799 Record of 1 bell in a low turret of wood. [3]
1844 It was decided to build a new church in the centre of population, Whitstable High Street. This church (now known as the Town Church) was consecrated 9 October 1845 by Archbishop Howley. (Details under St Alphege Whitstable.)
1846 The fittings of the Old Church were sold by auction in November. William Hyder of Court Lees saved the chancel for use as a funeral chapel, the rest of the church being demolished. A new west wall was designed by Hezekiah Marshall of Canterbury, topped with a gable in which the 1592 bell was hung.
1902 The Old Church was restored for occasional worship, developing later into monthly and subsequently weekly services.
1965 While tolled for a funeral, the ancient clapper of the bell flew out, narrowly missing the Vicar in its descent.
1966 The bell was refitted by Mears & Stainbank and rehung by J E Philpott, assisted by the son of the Church Warden, Mr G W Cawley.
[1] In the year 1561, at Seasalter parish, a presentment was made "That their Bells are stolen away, and were conveyed to Mr. Lynche’s house at Sandwich." (Home Counties Magazine (Dec 1911) reproducing extracts from Archbishop visitations recorded by Peter de Sandwich 1569 and 1639)
[2] On the west end of the church is a very entire stone cross. Date on the vane: "T. H. 1736." (A Tour Through the Isle of Thanet: And Some Other Parts of East Kent, Zechariah Cozens)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Alphage, is small, consisting of only one isle and a chancel, having a low pointed turret of wood at the west end, in which hangs one bell. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)



The church in 1770.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 28 June 2020