The Craft of Bellringing

'The Craft of Bellringing' is a documentary about change ringing, made in 2006. It has six chapters, each of which offer an in-depth view of the various aspects of bellringing. Starting from the origin and hanging of the bells, the film gradually progresses to the advanced mathematics of methods, modern day ringing and bellringing societies.

HISTORY | In an interview with Dr. John Eisel, steward of the Central Council Library, we explore the first edition of the Tintinnalogia, the first book to be published about bellringing in 1668.

PARTS OF THE BELL | Frank Lewis from the Kent County Association explains how English-style bells are hung. The dangers of ringing are also shown as we find out what happens when the stay breaks.

METHODS | Michael Moreton, tower captain at South Croydon gives a comprehensive introduction to the basis of methods.

PRACTICE | We pay a visit to the ringers at Addington at their practice night and accompany them on an outing to the glass tower in Basildon.

CATHEDRALS | Dr. Ian Campbell, ringing master at Exeter Cathedral gives an insight into cathedral ringing at an open day. We also visit Liverpool Cathedral where the world's heaviest set of bells can be found.

SOCIETIES | Ringing societies represent the elite in bell ringing, where ringing methods is taken to perfection.

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