Reading Street

Reading Street, St Andrew

Photo: CT10 website

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever and disused bell
  • Tenor: 3 cwt approx. in G.
  • Grid Ref: TR388695
  • Frame: Steel, by Eayre & Smith, c.1995
  • 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 3 cwt approx.24" G 1910 John Warner & Sons Flat Never
҈ Display Former school bell ½ cwt approx.12" 1864 John Warner & Sons Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming
҈    - Unhung



1868 A school was built for the Reading Street village part of St Peter's parish. A small bell was purchased from John Warner & Sons. The school was used for teaching and for worship.
1907 A tin tabernacle holding 250 people was built and dedicated by the Bishop of Dover. Shortly afterwards the foundation stone of the new church was laid.
1910 A new bell was cast and hung for swing chiming with a lever by John Warner & Sons Ltd in the south west tower.
1911 The church was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Randall Davidson on Sun 10 Apr.
1975 The small bell, dated 1868, was rescued from the village school by the St Peter in Thanet ringers, who cleaned it up and made an ornamental frame for it.
c 1995 The steel girders on which the bell hung threatened collapse. It was rehung on wooden beams with all new fittings by Eayre & Smith.
1999 Major rebuilding project on the church.
2010 A new parish of St Andrew, Reading Street was formed, within the Broadstairs Group Ministry (Holy Trinity Broadstairs, St Peter in Thanet and St Andrew Reading Street.


The service bell hung in the tower.
Photo: Brian Butcher (not dated)

Elsewhere in the Parish

Reading Street, Old School House
Single bell visible under spirelet

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 31 December 2020