Bell ringing

Morpeth clock tower by frances
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
April 9, 2016 5:04pm CST
Last weekend at the Morpeth Gathering I got to try bell ringing. It was actually a love surprise as whilst I knew there were bells in the clock tower, I had initially thought it would just be a tour of the clock tower itself. Instead after waiting in the rain a lovely lady told us the history of the tower. It is the oldest civic bell tower in the uk, and one of only 6 civic (non church) bell towers in the country. The tower itself dates from the early seventeenth century, although the bells only date back to 1706. Apparently there was some political corruption involved, as they were a payment for electing someone as a mp. Hmm some things never change Anyway after the talk we got to go upstairs and try the bells (in a safe position) which was harder than it looks, but good fun.
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@Lucky15 (33469)
• Philippines
9 Apr 16
Ringing a bells sounds fun.to do ;)
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
It is fun.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
10 Apr 16
That sounds an interesting thing to try. I have a friend who used to be a campanologist, but I've never tried it myself.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
I didn't know there was a technical term for it
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
@Dragonairy1 Yup - that's what a bellringer is called.
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@KristenH (18342)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
9 Apr 16
Looks like you had a ball ringing bells.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
Thank you I did
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@KristenH (18342)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11 Apr 16
@Dragonairy1 Anytime Frances.
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10 Apr 16
Did you need to wear earplugs?!
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
No they were surprisingly quiet inside the tower, and my bell was the lightest so it just gave a high pitched ting
• United States
10 Apr 16
what a lovely surprise indeed! fascinatin' history 'n i fear that politicians've been corrupt since the beginnin' - 'tis the only way they can get elected sadly. by bein''n the pockets'f crooks :( i bet 'twas hard to ring those bells, but what wonderful memories yer gonna've fer a lifetime :D big hugs!
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
It is a good memory, big hugs
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@BelleStarr (29418)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Apr 16
That is very interesting and you are lucky to have such great history close to you.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
I am, and lately I seem to be enjoying the smaller ones
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@JudyEv (90199)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Apr 16
I would love to try bell-ringing. It is interesting to go through a bell-tower. There is one in Perth that we enjoyed touring and being told about.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
It was interesting.
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@sueznewz2 (8765)
• Alicante, Spain
10 Apr 16
That sounds like fun....
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
It was
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