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Church bells are just as common in France and Belgium, and for all I know elsewhere, as they are in Britain.

Comment on Church Bells posted 2008-07-01 by Tabitha Twistleton from London


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The reason why they call England the 'Ringing Isle.'

Comment on Church Bells posted 2007-07-19 by Rosemary Ralph from Mexico


Comment on Church Bells

Currently 84% of voters say this is an icon and yet, sadly, one hears church bells less and less. When I was a child in a Sussex seaside town, we used to hear the bells ringing all around at New Year and, of course, Sunday morning. Now one hears them at weddings and little else. So let's hear more Church Bells!

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-11-23 by John Rivers-Vaughan from Hove, Sussex


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There is no sound more redolent of England than church bell ringing. Well over 90% of all the towers in the world than are hung for full-circle ringing are located in England. For that reason, film-makers wishing to locate the action in England will frequently include the sound of campanology. (Think of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'.) Method ringing is quintessentially English, and unquestionably iconic.

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-05-01 by Bob Huxley from West Sussex


Comment on Church Bells

The system of bell-hanging which permits change ringing occured in the reign of Elizabeth I during a much needed period of religious stability. Most bells in England were re-hung using the latest technology and additional bells were installed in Church towers which permitted peal and change ringing. Low church areas, particularly in the north, and the churches in Wales and Scotland, were not so enthusiastic. Over 95% of peals in the World are in Anglican churches in England, which is pretty much as English as you can get!

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-04-28 by Richard Copus from Dartmoor, Devon


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I can't think of anywhere else this happens. But I'm not even sure it happens in England anymore - which is a huge shame. When my husband worked in Saudi they used to play the church bells ringing on BBC World Service and it made him feel very homesick.

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-04-20 by Sandra from New Zealand


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I like them, but Jimmy Porter certainly didn't.

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-02-06 by Peter Fleming from Bedfordshire


Comment on Church Bells

Bells can be pealed joyfully for weddings and tolled mornfully to inform locals of a death. They are the sound of England. The actual art of change ringing (camponolgy) is unique to Britain and ex British colonies and can be done by any person aged 8 (depending on maturity and hight) to 80. It is a great way to meet new people and you imediately have something in common with them whatever their age or other interests. Bell ringing also includes another great English tradition: the drinking of Real Ale after practice nights in the local pub and ringers are sure to know the best pubs in the area.

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-02-03 by Eleanor from Aberystwyth


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Change ringing is an English affair,a combination of music, maths, sport and tradition. it originated here (Fabian Stedman1668) The only other places in the world where bells are rung in this manner are in places where the English once dominated; e.g Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Africa, India, Austrailia and New Zealand. The special sound of English bells is part of our heritage, and is in our blood, and instantly recognisable to anyone born here. .

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-02-02 by Philip Roberts from Quainton, Bucks.


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More specifically the peculiarly English art of change ringing. It is why English church bells play 'tunes' and sound so different from bells in other traditions. It is a very evocative sound and an intrinsic part of traditional English life.

Comment on Church Bells posted 2006-01-30 by I. Marcher from Hampshire


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