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Herne Bay, St John the Evangelist


Photo: David Cawley collection

  • Church demolished, formerly single bell, 7-1-25
  • Formerly single bell, tenor 7-1-25. Bell fell apart and metal sold.
  • Grid Ref: TR174681
  • Bell formerly from All Hallows, Lombard St, London.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury


Prior to 1973

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell7-1-2534⅞"1723Richard PhelpsNeverScrapped after falling to pieces

History

1723 Bell cast by Richard Phelps for All Hallows, Lombard Street, London.
1879 Bell transferred to St Paul's, Southwark, as a ring of ten bells was acquired for All Hallows from St Dionis, Backhurch, London.
1900 Bell then transferred to St John's, Herne Bay. It was purchased through the Revd C de Carteret by the Misses Watkins for £20. "An old bell of very sweet tone and worth very much more. The church wardens (of St Paul's, Lorimore Square, Southwark) allowed us to have it at that price for friendship's sake - Messrs Mears & Stainbank's valuation new £52, present £35."
1911 William Collins, of Bagshor, Surrey, bequeated £500 for a peal of bells conditionally upon a tower being added to the church within five years of his death. Neither happened. [1]
1972 10th Feb Church declared redundant.
1973 Feb Bell removed from tower. It was discovered to be cracked, and subsequently fell apart on removal. It was sold to Whitechapel, and the money went to the KCACR Bell Restoration Fund.
1974 29th Jan Declaration of redundancy scheme. The church was demolished later that year.
[1] Mr. William Collins, of Bagshor, Surrey, has bequeated £500 to St. John's Church. Herne Bay, for a peal of bells conditionally upon a tower being added to the church within five years of his death. (Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette - Sat 17 Jun 1911)



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