Bells and Bellringing

Bells and Bellringing

by John Harrison


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Handel called Britain 'The Ringing Isle' because he heard bells ringing everywhere he went. Behind the quintessentially English sound of bells ringing lies a unique way of hanging bells and a special way of ringing them that evolved in the late sixteenth century. Ringing has since developed and spread, with some 6,000 towers worldwide with bells hung in the English style, and most of them in England. Over 40,000 active ringers keep alive the traditions and skills of change ringing that have been handed down over many generations.

The book is an introduction to the world of bells and bell-ringing. It explains how bells are made and how a ringing installation works. It explains the nature of change ringing, which has mathematical as well as musical aspects. It provides insights into the ringing community—its origins and culture as well as its relationships with the Church and the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747814337
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Series: Shire Library Series , #802
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

John Harrison, a member of the Central Council of Bell Ringers, has been a bellringer for over fifty years. He has actively promoted the wider public understanding of ringing—he has given talks to over 3,000 people in local groups and schools and published numerous books and articles.

Table of Contents

Bells and Bell-hanging / Change Ringing / Evolution of English-style Ringing / Ringing and the Church / Modern Ringing / Ringing Terminology / Further Reading / Useful Websites / Places to Visit / Index

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