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See also the lists of lost and proposed towers in North America.

The weights of the tenor bell for each tower is listed in hundredweights. This is a traditional way of expressing bell weights in England. One hundredweight = 112 lbs. One quarter hundredweight = 28 lbs. The last number is the remaining pounds.  For example the Liberty Bell as recast by Pass and Stowe in 1753 weighs 2080 lbs. Expressed in hundredweights, 18-2-8.  This weight is comparable to the tenors of Groton, Miami and Philadelphia, St. Mark's.

Abilene, Texas, The Church of the Heavenly Rest

602 Meander, 79602-1099
6 Tower Bells: 6-1-5, Eijsbouts, 1982 (part of 25 bell Schulmerich carillon)
Sunday, Noon. Service ringing; schedule irregular. Call ahead.
Sunday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Beginners' class; as needed
Sunday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Regular practice time except on holidays
Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Regular practice time except on holidays

Atlanta, Georgia, St. Luke's Episcopal Church

435 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Tower snail-mail: 1660 Peachtree Street, #5402, Atlanta, GA 30309
10 Tower Bells: 13-1-14, Whitechapel, 1924 and front 2, Eijsbouts, 2000
Sunday, approx. 10:00 - 10:15 am, and 11:00 - 11:15 am.
Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Augusta, Georgia, The Church of the Good Shepherd

2230 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
8 Tower Bells: 11-0-14, Whitechapel, 2004
Sunday, 10:00 am.
Sunday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

Birmingham, Alabama, The Cathedral of Saint Paul

2120 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
8 Tower Bells: 13-1-11, Whitechapel 2005
Sunday, 12:10 - 1:00 pm. Service Ringing
Monday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Practice
Saturday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Practice

Boston, Massachusetts, MIT Guild

Building 1, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 242 amd 246, Cambridge MA 02139-4301
Handbells.
Monday, 7:30 - 9:45 pm.

Boston, Massachusetts, The Church of the Advent

30 Brimmer Street, 02108
8 Tower Bells: 19-1-17, Mears & Stainbank, 1900
Sunday, approx. 10:10 - 11:05 am.
Wednesday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Boston, Massachusetts, The Old North Church

193 Salem Street, 02113-1198
8 Tower Bells: 14-1-0, Abel Rudhall, 1744
Sunday, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Service Ringing
Sunday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Practice -- 2nd & 4th Sundays, beginning with July 11
Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Practice -- Every weekend through July 3rd; after that only when there is no Sunday practice

Brewster, New York, Melrose School

120 Federal Hill Road, Brewster, NY 10509
8 Tower Bells: 8-2-22, Whitechapel, 1973
Sunday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. (Irregularly) Please contact Tower Captain for specific details.

Burlington, New Jersey, St Mary's Episcopal Church

145 West Broad Street, 08016
8 Tower Bells: 22-0-4, Mears & Stainbank, 1865 (Unringable)

Calgary, Alberta, Christ Church

3602 - 8th Street S.W. T2T 3A7
8 Tower Bells: 8-2-0, Gillett & Johnston, 1955
Sunday, 10:30 - 11:00 am. May 29th - September 11th: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Carmel, Indiana, The Carmel Campanile

12723 Wembly Road, 46033
8 Tower Bells: 0-0-10, Higby, 2001 (Miniring)

Central Connecticut Area

Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William Street, Portland, CT 06480-1631
Tower snail-mail: P.O. Box 211, Cromwell, CT 06416
Handbells.
Practice, June-August: weekly, but day and time are variable, contact to confirm.
Practice, September-May: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

Charleston, South Carolina, Grace Church (Episcopal)

98 Wentworth Street, 29401
10 Tower Bells: 16-2-27, back 8 formerly of St. Mary Magdalene, Enfield, Middlesex; Cast 1883 by Warners of Spitalfields; tuned 1997 at Whitechapel, front 2 cast Whitechapel 1999
Sunday, 9:50 - 10:50 am. No ringing in Lent (except mid-point for "Refreshment" Sunday)
Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Charleston, South Carolina, St. Michael's Church

Meeting Street at Broad, 29401
8 Tower Bells: 17-1-18, Lester & Pack, 1764
Sunday, 9:50 - 10:20 am and 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Charleston, South Carolina, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul

126 Coming Street, 29403
8 Tower Bells: 14-3-0, Taylor, 1880, 6 redundant bells from Eastthorpe, Mirfield, Yorkshire, 2 bells cast by Eijsbouts in 2001
Wednesday, 5:30 pm.

Chicago, Illinois, Mitchell Tower, University of Chicago

1135 E. 57th Street (57th & South University), 60637
10 Tower Bells: 21-3-7, Mears & Stainbank, 1908
Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Call first for all practices.
Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Summer schedule (June 15 to September 15): Wednesday 4:30 pm - 6:30pm; no Monday and no Saturday practice

Dallas, Texas, St. James Episcopal Church

9845 McCree Road, 75238
6 Tower Bells: 4-2-12, Taylor (1,3 & 6, 1995; 2,4 & 5, 2003)
Sunday, 11:20 to 11:45 am. Service Ringing
Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Practice
Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm. Practice

Eugene, Oregon, Eugene Change Ringing (Handbells)

Meet in Deschutes Hall, Room 100, 1477 E 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
Tower snail-mail: c/o Anna Gladstone, 120 Deschutes Hall, 1202 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1202
Handbells.
Tuesday, approx. 5 - 6:00 pm. We're mainly beginners, though more advanced folk are certainly welcome whenever they're in the area.

Exeter, Ontario, Trivitt Memorial (Anglican) Church and Precious Blood (Roman Catholic) Mission

Tower snail-mail: P.O. Box 253, Exeter, Ontario, N0M 1S1
Tower Bells: 18-0-3, McShane, 1890. Back six are hung Veronese style but can be rung to changes. (Not Active)

Frederick, Maryland, Calvary United Methodist Church

131 West Second Street, (corner of Second and Bentz Streets,) 21701-5328
8 Tower Bells: 9-2-18, Taylor, 2004
Sunday, 9:30 - 10:00 am.
Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Groton, Massachusetts, St. John's Chapel, Groton School

Farmers Row, 01450
10 Tower Bells: 18-0-20, Mears & Stainbank, 1901, recast 1962

Hendersonville, North Carolina, St. James Church

766 North Main Street, 28792
8 Tower Bells: 9-0-24, Whitechapel, 1977
Sunday, 10:45 - 11:10 am.
Monday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.
Saturday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm.

Hingham, Massachusetts, Memorial Tower

107 Main Street 02043 (adjacent to Old Ship Church)
10 Tower Bells: 19-2-19, Mears & Stainbank, 1912
Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Honolulu, Hawaii, St. Andrew's Cathedral

Queen Emma Square and S Beretania, 96813-2304
Tower snail-mail: 1255 Kaluawaa St, Honolulu, HI 96816
8 Tower Bells: 12-0-26, John Briant, 1812 formerly at St. Alkmund's, Shrewsbury UK
Sunday, 4:45 - 5:25 pm. Evensong service ringing
Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Ringing practice

Houston, Texas, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

6221 Main Street, 77030-1506
8 Tower Bells: 6-0-21, Whitechapel 2005
Sunday, Service Ringing, Sunday - between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM service (~10:00 - 11:00 AM).
Sunday, Service Ringing, First Sunday - between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM service (~8:30 AM - 9:00 AM). Call to confirm
Monday, Rotating Practice, Monday (6:45 PM - 9:00 pm). Practice rotates between St. Paul's and St. Thomas'; Click on the information link for time & location
Wednesday, Palmer Practice, First and Third Wednesday (7:00 PM - 9:00 pm).

Houston, Texas, St. Paul's United Methodist Church

5501 South Main Street
8 Tower Bells: 11-0-3, Whitechapel, 2001
Sunday, approx. 12:00 - 12:20 pm.
Monday, Practice rotates among the three towers; Click on the information link for Time & Location.

Houston, Texas, St. Thomas Episcopal Church

4900 Jackwood, 77096
8 Tower Bells: 7-0-7, Taylor, 1971
Sunday, 9:30 - 10:30 am.
Monday, Practice rotates among the three towers; Click on the information link for Time & Location.

Kalamazoo, Michigan, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

1200 Academy Street, 49006
8 Tower Bells: 9-0-16, Whitechapel, 1983
Monday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Wednesday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Kent, Connecticut, Kent School

1 Macedonia Road
Tower snail-mail: PO Box 2006, Kent, CT 06757
10 Tower Bells: 24-3-18, Mears & Stainbank, 1930
Practice, The schedule varies, so one must ask the tower captain., .

Little Rock, Arkansas, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

310 West 17th Street, 72206
8 Tower Bells: 9-0-1, Whitechapel, 1987
Sunday, 8:30 - 9:00 am, and approx. 10:30 - 11:15.
Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Marietta, Georgia, St. James' Episcopal Church

161 Church Street N W, 30060 (corners of Church & Polk Street)
8 Tower Bells: 5-1-2, Whitechapel, 1995
Sunday, 10:00 - 10:20 am .
Monday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
Saturday, 10 - 11:30 am.

Miami, Florida, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

464 NE 16th Street (Corner of Bayshore Drive and the Venetian Causeway) Miami, 33132
8 Tower Bells: 17-3-20, Whitechapel, 1983
Sunday, 9:30 - 10:00 am. E-mail or call to confirm
Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. E-mail or call to confirm

Handbells.

Mission, British Columbia, Westminster Abbey

34224 Dewdney Trunk Road, V2V 4J2
10 Tower Bells: 21-0-11, Mears & Stainbank, 1950

New Castle, Delaware, Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green

100 Harmony Street, 19720
Tower snail-mail: P.O. Box 47, New Castle, DE 19720, (Church office) 302-328-2413
6 Tower Bells: 3-2-24, Taylor 1981
Sunday, 9:30 - 9:55 am.
Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. First Tuesday of each month only, or by arrangement.

New York, New York, Trinity Wall Street

Broadway at Wall Street, in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan
Tower snail-mail: Trinity Ringers, Trinity Church-St. Paul's Chapel, 74 Trinity Place, New York, New York 10006, USA
12 Tower Bells: 23-3-17, Taylors, cast in 2006, donated by Dr. Martin C. Faulkes.
Sunday, 10:15 to 11:15 am, and 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Pre- and post-service general ringing, to which all are welcome.
Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Weekly practice, to which all are welcome.

North Georgia Area

Handbells.
Practice, . Variable days and times. Call to confirm.

Northampton, Massachusetts, Mendenhall Center, Smith College

Green Street, 01060
8 Tower Bells: 8-3-0, Whitechapel, 1968

Northern New Jersey Area

Handbells.

Orleans, MA, Church of the Transfiguration

Rock Harbor, Orleans MA 02653
Tower snail-mail: P.O. Box 1094
10 Tower Bells: 21-2-23, Whitechapel, 2008-9
Sunday, Approximately 11 am. Service Ringing
Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:15 pm. Practice; Visiting ringers welcome
Other Practice, Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 pm. Post Vespers Service Ringing
Other Practice, Monday through Friday, 5:45pm (not Wed). Post Vespers Service Ringing

Handbells.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

8000 St. Martin's Lane, 19118
8 Tower Bells: 4-2-8, Whitechapel, 1980
Sunday, 10:45 - 11:15 am. http://www.phillyringers.com/whoisringing.html Check here for details.
Wednesday, 6:45 - 8:30 pm. First and Third Wednesday only, alternate weeks with St. Mark's.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, St. Mark's Church

1625 Locust Street, 19103
8 Tower Bells: 17-3-18, Mears & Stainbank, 1876 and 1878, re-hung 1999
Sunday, 12:15 - 1:00 pm. See http://www.phillyringers.com/whoisringing.html.
Wednesday, 6:45 - 8:30 pm. Second and Fourth Wednesday only, alternate weeks with St. Mark's.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Southminster Presbyterian Church

799 Washington Road, 15228-2001
8 Tower Bells: 8-0-21, 5-8 Thomas Mears Jr., 1814, 3 & 4 Mears & Stainbank, 1834, treble and 2nd Whitechapel, 2000. Back 6 bells formerly of St. John's Church, Preston, Lancashire
Sunday, c 11:55 am — 12:45 pm. Service ringing (Summer months: c 10:50 am — 11:45 am instead)
Thursday, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm. Weekly practice

Princess Anne, Maryland, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

30513 Washington Street, 21853
6 Tower Bells: 3-2-10, 3-2-10, Eijsbouts, 1993
Sunday, 9:30 - 9:55 am.
Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Québec City, Québec, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

31, rue des Jardins, G1K 3Y7
8 Tower Bells: 16-2-24, Thomas Mears II, 1830
Sunday, 10:20 - 11:00 am.
Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.

Québec City, Québec, St-Matthew's

755, rue St-Jean, G1K 8K6
8 Tower Bells: 15-0-0, Warner, 1885
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Second Saturday only. Subject to change.

Raleigh, North Carolina, Christ Church

120 East Edenton Street; Raleigh, NC 27601
8 Tower Bells: 4-2-15, (3,4,5) Taylor, 1987, (1,2,6,7&8), Eijsbouts, 1992
Sunday, 10:30 - 11:00 am. June - August: 9:30 - 10:00
Thursday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Riverside, Illinois, St Paul's Church

60, Akenside Road, 60546
8 Tower Bells: 3-3-27, Whitechapel, various dates (Ex Xpo Belfry)
Sunday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Memorial Day - Labor Day

Rochester, New York, Christ Church

Handbells.
Sunday, 12:45 - approx. 2:30 pm. Call to confirm.

Seattle, Washington, Gerberding Hall, University of Washington

Gerberding Hall, Red Square, School of Music, Box 353450, Seattle, WA 98195-3450
8 Tower Bells: 6-0-6, Eijbouts, installed May, 2008 (The Gordon Stuart Peek Foundation Memorial Bells)
Monday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Mostly with simulator.
Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Mostly with simulator except 8:30 - 9:00 pm.

Sewanee, Tennessee, Breslin Tower, The University of the South

735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
Tower snail-mail: 143 South Carolina Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37375
8 Tower Bells: 11-0-23, Whitechapel, 2003
Sunday, 10:30 - 10:50 am.
Friday, 5:00 pm. Call first to confirm.

Shreveport, Louisiana, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

908 Rutherford Street, Shreveport LA 71104
8 Tower Bells: 9-1-14, Whitechapel, 2009
Sunday, 9:50 to 10:20 am &11:45 am to 12:00 pm. pre and post service ringing for the 10:30 am Choral Eucharist
Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. weekly practice
Saturday, 9:30 - 11:30 am. additional optional practice, depending upon Cathedral scheduled events. Please call ahead.

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church

1204 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, 29482
8 Tower Bells: 4-1-13, Whitechapel, 1995
Sunday, 8:45 - 9:25 am.
Saturday, 6:15 - 6:45 pm.
Other Practice, Schedule varies. Call for information.

Texarkana, Arkansas, First Presbyterian Church

6th & Pecan Streets, 71854
8 Tower Bells: 3-3-0, Taylor, 1984
Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Toronto, Ontario, St. James' Cathedral

King & Church Streets, M5C 2E9
12 Tower Bells: 21-2-0, Front 4, Whitechapel, 1996, Back 8, Mears & Stainbank, 1828, (Formerly St. James', Bermondsey, UK).
Sunday, 10:00 - 11:00 am.
Monday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Toronto, Ontario, The Smoke Ring

8 Tower Bells: 0-0-15, Matthew Higby & Co. (Miniring)

Vancouver, British Columbia, Holy Rosary Cathedral

646 Richards Street, V6B 3A3
8 Tower Bells: 16-0-0, Front 5, Llewellins & James 1906, Back 3, Paccard, 1900
Sunday, 10:30 - 11:00 am.
Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Irregular, check first.
Saturday, 9:30 - 11:00 am. Irregular, check first.

Victoria, British Columbia, Christ Church Cathedral

Quadra & Rockland Streets, V8V 3V7
10 Tower Bells: 29-1-19, Back 6, Mears & Stainbank, 1935, 3 & 4 Mears & Stainbank, 1936, Front 2, Whitechapel, 1982
Sunday, 8:45 - 9:15 am, and 10:30 - 11:00 am.
Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Washington, District of Columbia, National Cathedral

Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, NW, 20016-5098
10 Tower Bells: 32-0-4, Whitechapel, 1962
Sunday, 12:00 noon. Scheduled quarter peals second and fourth Sundays, open service ringing on the other Sundays. Call (or e-mail) ahead.
Tuesday, 6:45 - 8:30 pm. Call (or e-mail) ahead.

Washington, District of Columbia, Old Post Office Tower

12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, 20001
10 Tower Bells: 26-1-13, Whitechapel, 1976
Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Call (or e-mail) ahead.

Watertown, Massachusetts, Perkins School for the Blind

8 Tower Bells: 22-0-0, Mears & Stainbank, 1912 (Unringable)