New bells for the Abbey

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Consecrated in 2010

After more than 40 years of funding raising, the St Albans Cathedral Society of Change Ringers will soon have a new set of thirteen bells to ring. On Monday 11 October, 2010, the first bell – Jude – was hoisted from the floor under the central tower up into the belfry above the ringing chamber. A further seven bells were then hoisted during the day.

On Saturday 4 September, 2010, "The Solemn Consecration of the New Ring of Bells" was performed by the Bishop of St. Albans (The Rt. Revd. Dr. Alan Smith) before a large congregation which included the donors of the thirteen new bells, the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire (The Countess of Verulam), people from the Diocese of St. Albans, members of the Abbey’s congregation, the clergy and the Cathedral’s choir, clergy, residentiary canons, the Dean and ecumenical guests.

The new "Ring of Bells" is the first for over 300 years. The new bells are tuned to E flat and include some of the metal recycled from the old bells which were taken down earlier in the year. One of the bells was donated by the Cathedral Society of Change Rings, another by the Hertford County Association of Change-Ringers as well as donors from both Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

This page was added by Brian Bending on 21/11/2010.

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