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Description: Detached Belfry Circa 1 Yard North of Church of St Augustine
Date Listed: 9 June 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 175494
OS Grid Reference: TQ9895225822
OS Grid Coordinates: 598952, 125822
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9974, 0.8339
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TQ 92 NE BROOKLAND HIGH STREET
5/36 Detached Belfry circa
1 yard north of Church
9.6.59 of St. Augustine
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
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