Our bells

Our bells are a mixed set of 3½ octaves of English handbells (44bells), most of which were cast at Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Musical handbells are precisely tuned instruments made of cast bronze with leather handles. Our largest bell has a diameter of 17cm and a weight of 1.5 kg. The smallest bell has a diameter of 5cm and a weight of 200g. The bells have a stiff clapper which on larger bells is covered with felt to soften the sound and harder material on the small bells to help them sound out. The bells are very old so we try to look after them. We only polish them when necessary as, over long periods of time, this will affect the tuning.

We also have a set of 3 octaves of handchimes. These are tubular instruments with a slot in one end and an external clapper which produces a very clear sound. They can be played as an alternative or alongside the handbells.