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Full-Circle Bell Ringing
The large Norman tower of St. Bees Priory contains a fine ring of eight bells rung in the English "full circle" fashion.
Cast in 1857 by C&G Mears of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, they are tuned to a diatonic scale of F Major and the heaviest bell is 13 hundredweight (650 Kg). They were re-hung and re-tuned by Gillett and Johnson of Croydon in 1953, but they are still in their original oak frame of 1857.
There is a very active band of bell ringers. Rringing times are Practice on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and ring for service on Sundays at 10.00 a.m.shown below.
The Tower Captain is Doug Sim, Tel. 01946 824898.
See Bells for more details on main page
The bells shown in the "down" position.