Worcester Cathedral

The ringing room in Worcester Cathedral is much larger than in the average church. The belfry above this room contains 15 bells hung for change ringing. Twelve of the are in a diatonic scale with three semitone notes too enabling ranges of 6 or 8 bells to be rung according to the occasion.

The heaviest bell, the tenor bell, has the keynote of B in the Major Scale (488.8Hz) It is rung from the large box on the far side of the circle of ropes just to the right of the table.

In this photograph taken from a viewing platform whilst the bells were ringing, the tenor can be seen in the centre of the photograph swinging towards the camera. It weighs 48-0-2 (5378 Pounds or 2439 Kg) and is 64 inches (1625mm) in diameter. To its right is the lightest bell, the Treble at 6-3-8 (764 Pounds or 347 Kg) and only 29 inches (736mm) in diameter. In comparison, the average Parish Church with bells hung for change ringing usually has six bells and its tenor weighs around half a ton (500 Kg).

The belfry also contains a Bourdon bell (76" diameter, weighing over 4,100 Kg, Imperial = 82-3-24) which is only chimed.

The table underneath shows the information about the bells as recorded in the Dove Guide. The table records the Bell number, Bell Founder who was John Taylor of Loughborough, the date 1928, the weight in Hundredweights-Quarters-Pounds, the diameter in inches and the musical note.

Diatonic Bells Semitone Bells
  • 1, John Taylor, 1928, 6-3-8, 29", F#
  • 2, John Taylor, 1928, 7-1-16, 30.5", E
  • 3, John Taylor, 1928, 7-2-20, 31", D#
  • 4, John Taylor, 1928, 7-3-25, 32.5", C#
  • 5, John Taylor, 1928, 8-2-19, 35", B
  • 6, John Taylor, 1928, 10-0-6, 36.5", A#
  • 7, John Taylor, 1928, 12-0-1, 39.5", G#
  • 8, John Taylor, 1928, 14-3-26, 43.5", F#
  • 9, John Taylor, 1928, 20-0-6, 48", E
  • 10, John Taylor, 1928, 25-2-10, 51",D#
  • 11, John Taylor, 1928, 34-3-4, 57", C#
  • 12, John Taylor, 1928, 48-0-2, 64", B
  • 5 sharp, John Taylor, 1928, 8-0-15, 33.5", C
  • 6 flat, John Taylor, 1928, 10-2-24, 38", A
  • 9 sharp, John Taylor, 1928, 16-1-16, 45", F

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