UK Registered Charity Number: 1154107

Conservation by Re-use

Helping churches acquire surplus and/or redundant bells to be hung for

English-style full-circle bell-ringing.

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Bristol, Portland Square,

Former church of St Paul

The church was opened in 1794 and its fine tower  was designed to hold a ring of ten bells. However only  four bells were purchased, all cast by John Rudhall of Gloucester, two in 1792 and the 6th and tenor bells of the proposed ring in 1795. At the time the church was declared redundant in 1993 only the two 1795 bells were  hung; the 1792 bells resting on the frame. Interestingly only one of the 1792 bells would have been suitable as part of the ring of ten bells, the other bell being too small, too light and the wrong note!

The three lighter bells were removed from the church after it was made redundant leaving the 26 cwt tenor as the clock bell.

One of the 1795 bells is now the tenor of the new ring of 8 bells at Sydney, St James. The two 1792 bells are now installed for ringing at Buckland Dinham, Somerset and Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.


Left: Bristol, St Paul; bottom left: Buckland Dinham; middle left: Wagga Wagga; bottom right: Sydney, St James.