St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

Sharing God's Love


The Bells

  • We have eight bells, ranging in weight from the treble of about 4cwt (approx 210kgs) to the tenor, the heaviest bell at over 14cwt (approx 725kgs). The bells were all cast locally by Taylor’s Bell Foundry at Loughborough.

View of belfry

Although the weights of the bells may seem daunting, with practice it is possible to ring bells considerably heavier than these, because the bells are suspended in a frame which is a piece of precision engineering minimising the effort required to rotate them and make them ring. There are many bells in the country which weigh far in excess of 1000kg.

'THE BELLS OF ST MARY'S CHURCH':   This is a new publication of our church bells compiled by Neal Priestland.  It is now available, price £2.50, from any of the bellringers.  This illustrated booklet gives a fascinating history of our bells and bell ringers over many years.  


We have a set of handbells which are regularly used for tune ringing by church and school groups. The handbells are regularly rung in Songs of Praise services during the year. At Christmas time we have rung at the Manor residential care home and Holme Pierrepont church in a carol concert in aid of Skylarks. Handbells can also be used to ring ‘methods’. 

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