Bells

The Bells of St Laurence’s, Ludlow



The tower of St Laurence’s contains one of the finest rings of 10 bells in the country. Six of them were cast by Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester in 1732, with a tenor, or largest bell, weighing 17cwt. There are two bells cast by Gillett and Johnson in 1935 and four new bells cast by Whitechapel in 2008. They are tuned to Fifth Comma Meantone Temprement and are in the key of E. The bells have significant historical interest and feature in the early development of change ringing.

Oh come you home of Sunday

When Ludlow streets are still

And Ludlow bells are calling

To farm and lane and mill.

AE Housman

Click here to see a video of the bells being rung!

The new peal of ten bells

1
GILLETT & JOHNSON, CROYDON. 1935

2
GILLETT & JOHNSON, CROYDON. 1935

3
FREDERICK J. BODENHAM
1894-1982

WHITECHAPEL
2008

4
RICHD PERKS GENT TOWN CLERK AR 1732

BRIAN CURNEW - RECTOR

ANNA BRANSTON
EWART CARSON
CHURCH WARDENS

RECAST
2008

CONSERVATION TRUST
2008

5
ABR:RVDHALL OF GLOCESTER CAST VS ALL I:H 1732

6
ROGER PHILLIPS & Wm:BRIGHT CHURCHWARDENS 1732

7
PROSPERITY TO THIS TOWN & ALL OUR BENEFACTORS
AR 1732

8
THE RINGERS' BELL
KEITH GOODE - TOWER CAPTAIN
2008

9
PROSPERITY TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AR 1732

10
SOMERSETT IONES ESQR CAESAR HAWKINS GENT BAYLIFFS 1732


The following bells are hung dead for chiming

Old 5th, now flat 10th, G natural
PROSPERITY TO THIS TOWN AND PARISH AR 1732

F sharp
WHITECHAPEL, LONDON 2008

G sharp
1824


Click here for technical information about the bells

For more information contact:

Tony Greatrex
Tower Captain

tgreatrex@aol.com

The Parishes' Office
2 College Street
Ludlow
Tel. 01584 872073

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