We look forward to welcoming members of the Southwark Cathedral Society of Bellringers to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral this Saturday (23 July).
The Southwark Cathedral Ringers will be ringing our bells from 15:30 – 17:00 on Saturday. We hope that many of them will stay and join our own wonderful team of ringers for services on Sunday.
Bells play a crucial role in the life of a cathedral. They call out to the community to announce that worship is beginning and inviting them to join. Both Saint Patrick’s and Southwark Cathedrals have a long-standing tradition of bell-ringing. Our dedicated team of bell-ringers are a vital part of our community. The current peal of bells in the tower consists of 15 bells, the last of which was added in 2009.
Southwark Cathedral also has a long history of bell-ringing, with the current peal of 12 bells dating from 1735. Records show that there have been bells in the Cathedral Tower (for a long time the tallest building on the south side of the Thames) since the 1400s. Southwark Cathedral is about to embark on a project to maintain and recondition its bells so that they may continue to be rung out over London for many centuries to come. The ringers are taking the opportunity to travel while this is happening. We are delighted to provide them with the opportunity to ring our bells while they are in Dublin.
We look forward to what promises to be an excellent performance on Saturday.
Learn more about Bell-Ringing in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral here.
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