When are bell rung?
Church Bells are rung for a number of reasons. Some of these are:-
Announcements: of regular service times, of religious festivals, of impeding danger (not these days), of danger passed (end of wars etc).
Celebrations: weddings, births and birthdays, New Years.
Anniversaries: Saints days (e.g. St. George’s Day), Patronal Festivals (St James around 25th July), VE Days, VJ Days etc.
Solemn Times: funerals, death of royals, politicians, dignitaries.
For Pleasure: We sometimes ring because we enjoy it - maybe to try a new method or tune, or maybe to ring in a different tower.
Did you know?
Bells are cast from an alloy of copper and tin. In centuries past small family businesses all over the country cast bells. Many villages all over the country have ‘Bellfields’ denoting the site of the casting. Most bells are cast with an inscription, sometimes identifying the maker, the benefactor, or a religious text in Latin or some other dedication. Only two bell foundries survive today. The oldest in Whitechapel, London was established in 1570. The other is in Loughborough, Leics, and has been owned by the Taylor family since 1786.
Ringing bells on a wooden wheel, is a uniquely British activity. Though the ringing of bells to methods began in Eastern Counties and London, there are more towers with ringable bells, proportionally, in the West Country than anywhere else in the British Isles. There are bells hung for ringing world-wide, though they are all in places where Briatain had influence in years past: Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Wherever bellringers holiday, they will be welcome to ring on local bells!