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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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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

(south-east side)

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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