For 1,400 years a St. Paul’s Cathedral has been sitting on the top of Ludgate Hill the highest point in the City of London. In 1878, 12 bells were cast which are said to form the second largest ring of bells in the world and now hang in the north west tower. In the south west tower is ‘Great Paul’ the largest bell ever cast in Britain weighing in at 16 and half tons but sadly can no longer be rung. (The second largest is ‘Great George’ in Liverpool Cathedral). It is from such a commanding position that the sound of these 12 bells will be heard all over the capital and bring great cheer as they ring out to celebrate ST. GEORGE’S Day.
All Saints church in Marsworth, (just north of Tring) in Buckinghamshire will be ringing for St. George. It used to belong to the Bishops of Ely and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Today the Grand Union Canal runs through the village and canal boats passing through will soon hear the 6 bells of All Saints ringing more frequently as it becomes a centre of learning as part of The Association of Ringing Teachers. Anyone interested in learning this ancient skill should contact the Tower Captain, Richard Booth on: firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy ringing.
Ringing for England, through social media, now has well wishers from America, Canada, Japan and New Zealand. The ringing is spreading.
The village of Bicknoller nestles in a valley on the western edge of The Quantocks in northern Somerset. Nearly the whole village is listed and amongst its delights is its church, ST.GEORGE also listed but as a Grade 1. Perhaps because it has remarkable wooden carvings and a 1000 year old yew in its churchyard. Its five bells were added to by a new Jubilee bell by funds raised within the community and all six will be ringing out to celebrate their Patron Saint.
Carlisle stands defending the northern borders and its cathedral has been there for 900 years. There have been recent excavations and a Treasury now houses wonderful archaeological finds from the medieval era. This delightful building may not be the largest of England’s cathedrals but it is a gem and its 13 bells will be ringing loud and clear for ST. GEORGE on April 23rd.
Worcester Cathedral will be ringing its 12 bells on April 23rd for ST. GEORGE. Within this beautiful building is buried not only St. Wulfstan, not only St. Oswald but also King John. It was John’s seal that defined the acceptance in June 1215 of the Magna Carta. Its 800 years will be celebrated this year.