Church Bell Ringing Resources

 

Church bells are rung to signify the start of a church service, and are usually rung for several minutes before the service starts. The bells are often rung for other occasions within the church, such as for weddings and funerals. The solemn tolling of a single bell to signify the passing away of an individual was made famous in Dorothy L Sayers' novel "The Nine Taylors", and more recently with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth.

  • AbelSim Change Ringing Simulators
    Software simulating ringers for practice at home and as a simulator in towers.
  • Association of Ringing Teachers (ART)
    ART is a self-financing charity with a mission to improve the learning experience of all ringers. New teachers will gain the confidence, techniques and support required to emulate the best, whilst experienced teachers will benefit from the resources and ideas which meet people's expectations of a hobby in the 21st century.
  • Bell Ringing at The Old North Church in Boston
    Old North Church houses the oldest set of change ringing bells in North America.
  • Bellringing at St Mary’s Barnes
    Bellringing at St Mary’s Barnes Anglican Church which has witnessed to and served the London, England community for over 800 years.
  • Bell Ringing at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
    Shakespeare would have heard bells ringing at Holy Trinity church when he was alive. There's a record of a donation being given for the restoration of the bells in 1502 and for the purchase of five bells from Hailes Abbey in 1550. The current ones were installed in 1948, some being recast from earlier bells, so they are not the same bells now as they were in his day, but it is clear that there were bells at Holy Trinity from before Shakespeare's birth. His two Stratford homes, one where he was born and raised, and the other to where he returned after living in London, as well as the school where he was educated, were all in the town centre and in earshot of the bells.
  • Beltower Bell Ringing Software
    BELTOWER is multi-functional software for change ringing, incorporating a bell ringing simulator, method, touch and peal printing, editors, composer, prover and much more.
  • Calling Touches
    These bell ringing pages deal with learning to call and conduct touches for change ringing on church bells which are hung on full circle wheels.
  • Campanophile
    A source of news for change ringers including peals and quarter peals.
  • Catholic Encyclopedia: Bells
    Overview of the history and use of bells, especially by the Cathloic Church
  • The Central Council of Church Bellringers
    The CCCB is essentially the governing body for church bellringing. It represents 67 affiliated societies worldwide.
  • Change Ringing at Smith College
    The current band of ringers at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts includes Smith students, faculty and alumnae. There are also members from the wider community, including ringers from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
  • Church Bells of the Early Christian Era
    Chapter 2 of the book Bells and their music by Wendell Westcott, published 1970.
  • Discover Bell Ringing
    Discover the world of bell ringing, and enter a hidden world that provides the soundtrack to our nations, cities, towns and villages.
  • Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman, Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing (1671, Digital version, Project Gutenberg).
    A book on bell-ringing 'Wherein is laid down plain and easie Rules for Ringing all sorts of Plain Changes'.
  • The Essex Association of Change Ringers
    Founded at Writtle, near Chelmsford, in 1879, its boundaries are those of the old county of Essex prior to April 1st, 1965. With a membership of over 1000, the Association is committed to the furtherance of the work of the Church by ringing bells, promoting bells and bell ringers, and keeping the bells of Essex churches ringing.
  • Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association
  • Guildford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
    Association of change ringers covering the Church of England's Bristol and Gloucester Dioceses.
  • Handbell Manager
    Handbell Manager is free software (under the GNU General Public Licence) that enables USB motion controllers to be used as dummy handbells with Abel or Beltower.
  • Irish Association Of Change Ringers
  • Learning the Ropes
    Learning the Ropes is a structured, progressive scheme to learn the art of bell ringing – similar to music grades or karate belts. Ringers get an individual Personal Progress Logbook and at the completion of each Level are presented with a certificate of achievement from the Association of Ringing Teachers.
  • Love's Guide to the Church Bells of London
    Belfry archaeology and history in the City of London.
  • Merseybells
    An online resource center for bell ringers in the Liverpool Bay area of England.
  • Method Master
    Method Master is the quick and easy way to draw and print methods in lots of different formats. It can also highlight the musical bits and extract false course heads.
  • Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
  • Pittsburgh Change Ringing Guild
    Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt Lebanon, PA.
  • The Ringing World
    The Ringing World is a weekly magazine for change-ringers and has a worldwide circulation. It has articles about ringing, details about peals and quarter peals that have been rung and letters from other ringers.
  • The Scottish Association of Change Ringers
    Dunblane Cathedral is one of 17 sets of bells hung for change-ringing within Scotland. All these towers are part of the Scottish Association of Change Ringers. The Association organises regular events such as striking competitions, training sessions and social events.
  • St Mary's Church Ecclesfield Bell Ringer's Website
    The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin is situated in the village of Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire.
  • The Sussex County Association of Change Ringers
    The Sussex County Association of Change Ringers was founded on 24 January 1885. Today they have about 1300 members from more than 130 church towers right across Sussex. Their aims, which have changed little since those early days, are to promote and support change ringing on bells in Sussex. Bellringers in Sussex would welcome you as a new recruit!
  • Virtual Belfry
    Virtual Belfry is a bellringing simulator program for PCs. It includes various animated graphical displays designed specifically to help with teaching and individual practice.
  • The Winchester and Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers
    The Winchester and Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers is an active Guild representing Bell ringers across Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands. This website contains a LOT of news, including forthcoming events, as well as a whole section for people wanting to Learn to Ring.
  • WinRK
    WinRK is a database application, to assist in organising all your ringing performances in such a way that you can readily analyse and report on all the things that matter to you. Whether it is a quarter peal, full peal, tower or handbells, WinRK can effectively record it for you. Furthermore, you can also import records from Andrew Craddock’s Peal Base.
  • The Worcestershire and Districts Change Ringing Association
    Bell Ringing in Worcestershire and the Midlands.