Bell Ringing

The Bells

The Cathedral has 12 bells. The tenor (largest bell) weighs 30 cwt 1 qr 10 lbs and the bells are tuned to the key of D major. All the bells were cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, who also supplied the frame and fittings. The 10 largest bells were opened in 1965 and they were augmented to 12 in 1976. The Cathedral has the only ring of 12 bells in the Diocese.

Photograph of the bells

Photograph of the bellringers

Photograph of the bells

Ringing Times

The bells are rung every Sunday before the 9.45am Eucharist and the 6.30pm Evensong, and on the 3rd Sunday of the month before the 11.30am Mattins. They are also rung for special services and weddings and to mark special occasions of local or national significance. The ringers practise each Tuesday between 8.00 and 9.30pm. Quarter peals, which last about 55 minutes, are often rung prior to the 6.30pm Evensong on Sundays and once a month on Friday evenings. Peals (comprising over 5,000 changes and lasting about 3½ hours) are sometimes rung on Saturday mornings and for special occasions.

The Ringers

The Cathedral has a dedicated group of 20–25 ringers, who aim to produce a high standard of ringing. Visiting ringers are always welcome at the Tuesday practices and by prior arrangement for Sunday service ringing.