The Bells

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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
10:00am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong


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The Bells

Cast in 1878, the 12 change ringing bells which hang in the north west tower of St Paul's form the second largest ring of bells in the world.

Change ringing requires both physical and mental ability and it takes most ringers several years to become sufficiently skilled to ring on the challenging bells of St Paul's. Each bell is given a number, from 1 - 12, and a change is a sequence of these numbers where each bell rings once. The order or sequence is changed and each bell rings again. The smallest 'treble' bell weighs just over eight hundredweights, while the largest 'tenor' bell weighs over three tons (61 cwt). The St Paul's ring is in the key of B flat.

Ringing times
Sunday 9.45 - 10.15am  |  11 - 11.30am  |  2.40 - 3.15pm
Also in the north west tower is the original service bell - 'The Banger' - which is still rung the 8am Eucharist.

Great Paul and the Clock Bells
The south west tower houses Great Paul, the largest bell ever cast in the British Isles, which weighs 16½ tons. Sadly, Great Paul has not sounded for several years because of a broken chiming mechanism.

There are also three clock bells. The largest, Great Tom weighs over 5 tons, and as well as striking the hours, is tolled on the death of senior members of the Royal Family, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, the Dean of St Paul's or the Lord Mayor of London.

For more information on the bells, visit the Cathedral Guild of Ringers