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WELLS CATHEDRAL PEAL OF BELLS
 

Wells Cathedral has the heaviest ring of ten bells in the world. These bells are now hung in the South West, or Harewell, Tower although originally a small number of bells were hung in the lantern, i.e. the lower portion of the central tower, soon after it was built in around 1220. They were moved out when the central tower began to sink around 1338 but it was not until around 1415 that six bells were hung or re-hung in the South West Tower. The others have been added since.

Bishop Harewell (1366-1386) gave two-thirds of the cost of building the South West Tower and he also gave two bells - a new tenor known as ‘Harewell’ and another called Little Harewell. Harewell, the great Wells tenor of 56 ¼ cwt, has been recast many times.

 
 
Treble Diameter 31½ “, wt 6cwt in E.
“MEARS & STAINBANK, WHITECHAPEL FOUNDRY, LONDON
A THANK-OFFERING T.W. JEX-BLAKE 1891”
2 Diameter 33½“, wt 8cwt in D
“GIVEN BY JOHN GIFFORD EVERETT 1891
MEARS & STAINBANK, WHITECHAPEL FOUNDRY, LONDON”
3 Diameter 36”, wt 9cwt in C. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester 1757
“TE DEUM LAETO CELEBREMUS HYMNO”
4 Diameter 37¾“, wt 11cwt in B. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester 1757
“TE, MAGNE RERUM CONDITOR, ET TUAS SONABO LAUDES”
5 Diameter 39½”, wt 12 cwt in A. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester 1757
“OLIN DISCORDES CONCORDI VOCE SONAMUS”
6 Diameter 44”, wt 16 cwt in G. Mears & Stainbank. 1964
“O CIVES QUAM DULCE SONAT CONCORDIA FRATRUM: RECAST 19(M)64 MEARS, LONDON”
7 Diameter 48½“, wt 21cwt in F. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester 1757
“DEO, OPTIMO, MAXIMO, TRIUNO, RELIGIOUI, LIBERATI, HARMONIAE S”
8 Diameter 50”, wt 23cwt in E. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester 1757
“BIN CAMPARUM CHORI PRIUS DIFFRACTI AC DISSONI, MUTUO TANDEM CONCENTU, IMPENSIS DECANI ET CAPITULI WELLENSIS ABELE RUDHALL FUNDENTE ELICITER COALUERE A.D.1757”
9 Diameter 56½“, wt 33cwt in D
“J. TAYLOR & CO. BELL FOUNDERS, LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE 1877”
Tenor Diameter 65½“, wt 56¼ cwt in C
“J. TAYLOR & CO. BELL FOUNDERS, LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE 1877”
   

 
 
Ringing Master: Brian Livings
Hon. Secretary: Jenny Darke
Treasurer: Brian S Witner
17 Priory Road, Wells,
Somerset,
BA5 1SU
(01749 677300)
Deputy Ringing Master:
Assit Ringing Master
(St Cuthbert’s):
Mrs S Y Jenkins
Milverton,
North Road,
Wells,
Somerset,
BA5 2TL
(01749 673731)
Steeple Keeper (Cathedral): Matthew R T Higby
Jasmine Cottage,
The Street,
Chilcompton,
Bath, Somerset,
BA3 4HN
(01761 479733)
The Cathedral bells are rung 1st and 3rd Sundays, 0845-0945

Bells are also available by arrangement on 2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays, 1345-1500

For ringing for weddings or special services please contact the Cathedral Office.

For other ringing information please contact stcuthbertschurch@mbzonline.net
(tel. no. 01749 676906).
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