The Bells

The joyful sound of Hexham Abbey's bells is a familiar one in the town, whether they are being rung for Sunday services, or for practice on Thursday evenings. The dedicated team of bellringers, or Band, rings for weddings and occasional celebratory services, too.

Hexham Abbey has ten bells, the oldest of which dates back to 1742.

Bell Note Weight Founder Year
Treble G# 5-0-21 Whitechapel 1999
2nd F# 5-1-03 Whitechapel 1999
3rd E 5-1-0 T. Lester 1742
4th D# 5-2-0 T. Mears 1836
5th C# 6-0-0 Mears and Stainbank 1884
6th B 6-2-2 Whitechapel 1977
7th A 9-0-0 Mears and Stainbank 1884
8th G# 11-0-0 T. Mears 1801
9th F# 13-1-0 Mears and Stainbank 1884
10th E 21-1-16 Mears and Stainbank 1924

The bells are rung for Sunday services at 9.15am and 5.30pm. The Sunday evening ringing on the first Sunday of the month is usually a quarter peal attempt.

The Band practises on Thursday evenings, between 7.30 and 9.00, with Advanced Practices being held on the last Tuesday of the month, from 7.30pm.

To find out more about the Abbey's bells, and Band, please see their website.

If you would be interested in joining the Band, or learning to ring, please contact:

Jeremy Housden, Tower Captain

(07771) 466123