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Detached Belfry Circa 1 Yard North of Church of St Augustine

A Grade I Listed Building in Brookland, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9974 / 50°59'50"N

Longitude: 0.8339 / 0°50'2"E

OS Eastings: 598952

OS Northings: 125822

OS Grid: TQ989258

Mapcode National: GBR RYL.FMS

Mapcode Global: FRA D6MG.YGY

Entry Name: Detached Belfry Circa 1 Yard North of Church of St Augustine

Listing Date: 9 June 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1344151

English Heritage Legacy ID: 175494

Location: Brookland, Shepway, Kent, TN29

County: Kent

District: Shepway

Civil Parish: Brookland

Built-Up Area: Brookland

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

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

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