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On top of the main bell in the belfry in Todmorden Unitarian Church

Inside the working belfry (bell chamber), halfway up the steeple of the community-run Todmorden Unitarian Church. One of those wonderfully English traditions, change ringing involves playing a sequence of different tuned bells, such as these here, to play a complex pattern of sounds. The dedicated team of local bell ringers ensures this renovated set is regularly used. Hearing them peal over the town on a spring evening is a real pleasure.

The clock on the floor below triggers an hourly chime on one bell; being in the bell chamber you're reminded just how incredibly loud these bells are. Cover your ears! And getting there is definitely not a climb to do if you're uncomfortable with heights or narrow spaces; it starts with a narrow stone spiral staircase, then several increasingly narrow metal ladders and tiny apertures to squeeze through.

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Copyright: Joby Catto
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11076x5538
Taken: 20/05/2016
Uploaded: 20/05/2016


Tags: church; tower; bellringing; bell; belfry; belltower; campanile; chapel; historic; heritage; english; traditional; wheel; truss; joist; bellchamber
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