Bell ringing in East Clandon
The bell tower of the church is located at the western end of the building, which dates back to 1110.
After some years of the fabric falling into a sad state of repair, a significant renovation was undertaken and the church reopened on 17th December 1900 much as we see it today.
The tower is above the body of the church so the bells are rung from within the public area at ground floor level.
There are three bells, the oldest of which was cast in about 1499 at the Wokingham foundry. The next oldest dates from1679 cast by William I Eldridge and the most recent dates from 1928 cast by John Taylor & Co. The bells are 30”, 33″ and 37″ inch diameter and the weights are 878lbs, 986lbs and 1107 lbs respectively.
The bells are supported in a timber frame. Originally they were rung in full circle (peeling) but due to the ageing timbers, ringing is now limited to a technique of rocking, not fully inverting the bells.
The bells are rung for services on major festival days and on request for weddings and national celebrations. (eg Queen’s Jubilee). The village is very supportive of bell ringing and we often receive messages about how welcome a sound the church bells are!
We have a team of 5 ringers to call on. We practice on Monday evenings prior to bookings and relax in the pub afterwards. The funds from bookings supplies the refreshment. We are always looking for more volunteers, please got in touch if you would like to find out more!