Canterbury, St Augustine's College

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 1-0-22 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TR155578
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ Single bell 1-0-2217¼" C 1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


In the Clock Tower prior to 1971

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Quarter 1¾ cwt approx.15"1848Charles & George MearsNeverUsed in new bell 1971.
Quarter 21¼ cwt approx.17¼"1848Charles & George MearsNeverUsed in new bell 1971.
Clock bell2 cwt approx.21"1845Charles & George MearsNeverUsed in new bell 1971.

Above the Chapel prior to 1942

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 2)1848Charles & George MearsNeverDisappeared 1942.
Tenor (of 2)1848Charles & George MearsNeverDisappeared 1942.


1845 A bell was cast for the college by C & G Mears. This later became the hour bell for the college clock. The first student was admitted to the college in temporary buildings.
1848 The chapel of the college was completed. The 1845 was hung in the clock turret with 2 new quarter bells (2 others were rejected). 2 bells were cast for the chapel.
1942 The college chapel was severely damaged by the blitz. The 2 bells were still in position after this.
1947 St Augustine's College was discontinued as a missionary college and became the Central College of the Anglican Communion.
1948 The chapel was restored without the gable end and the two bells disappeared.
1968 The Central College was discontinued. Until 1975 St Augustine's College was the fourth year college of the University of London.
1971 The 3 clock bells, which were of poor tone with ironwork in poor condition, were removed and a new single bell by Whitechapel was hung. The old bells weighed 3-3-15 together.
1975 The buildings became part of The King's School and are protected as part of a World Heritage Site.

The chapel

The roof of the chapel. You can just about make out the change in the colour of the ridge tiles where the old gable stood with the 2 bells.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

A wider view showing the chapel roof in context with the rest of the buildings, seen from the outside.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

The back of the chapel.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 Sept 2020

A drawing of the precincts showing the chapel and gable end with 2 bells, and the clock tower on the right.
Photo: http://anglicanhistory.org

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 19 August 2018