Multimedia Page

Click on the icons to see or hear the bells.

Most people when they see the bells for the first time think they are "up-side-down". This page explains why

A short recording of the bells (about 30 seconds download time)
An MPEG video of the Bell Cage and the bells ringing (1.2 Mb - about 5 minutes download time).

The first part of the video shows the outside of the bell cage with the five bells ringing straight. Can you hear each of the bells?. As the camera zooms in you can see the bells swinging backwards and forwards and just make out the figures of some of the ringers.

The second part shows the Second bell from a very unusual angle, standing on the floor of the cage and looking up through the bell frame timbers. The Second was cast about 1450 and is of similar size to America's Liberty Bell.

The third and final part shows the huge Tenor bell, taken while standing on the bell frame. Notice how the clapper strikes the bell and not, as you may expect, the other way round. The original four bells sit on each side of the square frame. The Tenor, which was added at the end of the 17C sits in the middle. As you can see the ringer has to stand in a small triangular area surrounded by three massive bells. Not for the faint hearted.

A better quality (and larger 10Mb - about 45 minutes download) AVI with commentary showing the Church and Bells being rung.