Interesting Facts About Bells

  • 01

    Campanology - the Study of Bells

    Ever wish you were a professional bell ringer? If you're in Great Britain you attend classes! First, you would be taught to "handle" the bell by learning basic techniques to use the rope. Not as easy as it may sound! You must hold the rope properly, move with it and catch it at the correct place at the correct time.

    Next comes teamwork where you learn ringing with a "band" of bell ringers. This takes a certain listening skill so that you'll know when to pull your bell. Change ringing is a method where you change the order of the bells each time they strike.

    Following more advanced instruction, you will perform an extended bell ringing lasting around 45 minutes. There are around 40,000 bell ringers presently. You may want to put Campanology on your to-do list!

  • 02

    Ringing In the News

    In days past, church bells tolled out the news. Church bells told about town meetings, funerals, weddings and so forth and alerted the citizens of danger, such as inclement weather forthcoming. In essence, church bells advised people where to go and when to be there.

  • 03

    Oldest Working Bells

    The oldest working bells are at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich Great Britain. The five bells are named "Wolsey's Bells" for Cardinal Wolsey. The first four were cast in 1450 and the fifth in 1480. When the tower was deemed hazardous in 1985, the bells were removed.

    The tower was reconstructed and a new frame was built for the bells. Then the five bells were renovated, leaving their initial clappers intact and re-installed in September 2009.

    The Church of England recognizes Wolsey's Bells as historically important.

  • 04

    Types of Bell Sounds

    When bells go ding-dong it typifies standard ringing we associate with bell sounds.

    Chiming is the sound of a single bell ring. Tolling is the slow ringing of bells. In bygone eras, bells tolled to proclaim a death and called out for the citizen's prayers. Bell tolling ceremonies are still performed in homage to the deceased individual.

  • 05

    Valdai "Bells of Quality" For Gift Giving

    Valdai makes a marvelous line of tiny, tulip shaped gift bells. They are cast from bell bronze, using a 500 year old formula. Their sound is "tender and pure". These bells can be handed-down from generation to generation, as some 4,000 year old bells in this size have survived.

    You can find them with various icons such as: St. John the Baptist, Christ or the Holy Virgin. Or, if you prefer there are hand-painted versions with holiday themes, a troika (Russian sleigh), a country home in winter and more. Personalized inscriptions are now available.




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