In the Bell Tower
Many people have braved our ladder up to the ringing room on one of our tower 'open days'. They have been surprised to find a very cosy, fully carpeted ringing room complete with pine furniture, heater and even a shelf for drinks'. The eight ropes are always hoisted on a "spider" up to the ceiling when not in use.
We have two windows to the outside -
Ringing Room After
........and what goes on in belfries?
At St Mary's we have 8 bells -
Each bell is usually left in the 'down' position for safety reasons: i.e. the bell mouth faces downwards. Before we can ring, each bell has to be 'rung up'. This is done by pulling on the rope attached to the wheel, so that the bell 'is gradually swung higher and higher until it is brought to rest with the bell pointing upwards -
We prefer to ring with all eight bells: but if we don't have enough ringers, they still sound good on six. (Sometimes we have seven ringers, in which case we leave out the number two bell and hope no-
We start by ringing down the scale: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -
Over the years, ringers have devised patterns such that each bell changes its position by no more than one place every time it rings -
Most ringers have a preference as to which bells they like to ring. Some prefer light bells -
........access to the Ringing Room?
Every bell tower is different.