Detached Belfry Circa 1 Yard North Of Church Of St Augustine

Date:
22 Jun 2002
Location:
Detached Belfry Circa 1 Yard North Of Church Of St Augustine, High Street, Brookland, Shepway, Kent, TN29 9QR
Reference:
IOE01/07643/33
Type:
Photograph (Digital)
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Description

This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

TQ 92 NE BROOKLAND HIGH STREET (south-east side)

5/36 Detached Belfry circa 1 yard north of Church 9.6.59 of St. Augustine

GV I

Detached belfry. Late C12 or C13, altered in mid C15, late C16 and 1685, and strengthened in second quarter C20 and 1973. Timber-framed, clad with wood shingles. Late C12 or C13 square open tower enclosed in mid C15 by octagonal structure with vertical base surmounted by 3 diminishing stages, base of each overhanging top of one below. Dragon weathervane dated 1797.

Ribbed door to west. Interior: 4 huge canted tapering posts set at corners of square frame or cill and formerly bearing large bell platform. Strength- ened with lattice bracing; braces halved over each other and jointed to posts with open notched-lap joints. Posts truncated in mid C15 by about 5' and surrounded by octagonal frame with open arcaded base and tapering roof. 2 further octagonal frames erected above original tower to give total of 3 stages. New bell-frame constructed above, and floor inserted within, original tower, supported on four canted posts set inside of C12/C13 posts. Further bell-frame inserted in late C16 between floor and C15 bell-frame and enlarged 1685. Tower strengthened by cross-braces.

Oak shingles applied 1936 and belfry strengthened. Further bracing 1973.

A rare survival. Interior only partly inspected. (K.W.E. Gravett, "Brookland Belfry", Archaeologia Cantiana Vol.LXXXIX, 1974. Anne Roper, The Church of St Augustine, Brookland, 1982 edition).

Listing NGR: TQ9896825825

Content

This is part of the Series: IOE01/1436 IOE Records taken by Vernon Mount; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England

Rights

© Mr Vernon Mount. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Mount, Vernon

Rights Holder: Mount, Vernon

Keywords

Oak, Timber, Medieval Timber Framed Building, Monument <By Form>, Bell Tower, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Structure, Unassigned, Weather Vane