If you live in the UK, whether in a large city or a small village, you have probably heard the sound of church bells – bells have formed part of life in this country since the Middle Ages.
Church bells are the biggest and loudest musical instruments in the world. Their sound can be heard miles away from their towers. Bells are rung to call people to church, to celebrate happy occasions and commemorate important events. They are also rung simply for the enjoyment of hearing their sound.
Most church towers have bells. A set of bells is called a ‘ring’ or a ‘peal’. Village churches may have a small ring of bells, comprising five, six or eight bells. Bigger churches and cathedrals usually have a larger ring.
If you’re a non-ringer and are interested in finding out more about bell ringing then you may find the information on this page useful. If you want to learn how to ring then contact your local tower or the secretary who will be delighted to help you.
As an experienced ringer there is a wealth of interesting information available – there really is no need to invent the wheel as most ringers are dedicated sharers of information over the internet.
To find out more about bells, bell maintenance or restoration.
The North Bucks Branch is part of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Bell Ringers. Its neighbours host a wide range of ringing activities.
If you are an experienced ringer and/or tower captain who wants to recruit and teach new ringers there why not find out what others have already done and understand what legal responsibilities you might have.
For a website that connects you to other bell ringing websites this one probably can’t be beaten. Whatever you want to know you’ll probably find something relevant here.