Stories from 'A history of change ringing in Scotland'
Fun with BellsApril 14, 202200:32:4622.55 MB

Stories from 'A history of change ringing in Scotland'

In this month’s fascinating episode, Simon Aves takes host Cathy Booth on an entertaining romp through Scotland’s bell ringing history. You may be surprised to learn it is very different to England’s.

Who knew the Scots were so fond of peace and quiet? Cathy learns that in the past the best way to annoy people in Dundee was to travel up there and ring all their bells. And beware of the constable waiting at the bottom of the tower to arrest you for that very noisy peal you just rang. Or worse still, the constable might well follow you to the pub and then ban you from ringing, perish the thought!

Of course, all of this is history - very colourful history and brilliantly told at that. First bells, first peals, first women ringers, colourful characters, court cases and ringers being sick after their eight pints, this podcast has it all.

St Mary’s Edinburgh ’The Ringing Palace’ c 1895 SACR Golden Jubilee in 1982

Inaugural meeting SACR 1932 outside St Mary’s

Cathedral Edinburgh April 23 1932

Oldest change-ringing bells in Scotland waiting to be

re-installed at St Andrew & St George, Edinburgh

The cover of Simon’s book Simon ringing a bell down at St Mary’s

Top 5 Takeaways

  • Read Simon’s book ‘A History of Change Ringing in Scotland’ on Amazon Kindle
  • Are you up for the Inveraray challenge? Find out more about the bell tower and its fascinating history
  • Discover more about bell ringing in Scotland
  • Why not research and write the history of your tower or association
  • For something completely different, why not plan a tower outing to a Worbey and Farrell performance!

Sponsor: This podcast is sponsored by the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART).  To find out more about learning to ring, learning to teach or other resources to support your ringing go to

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