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Alternate source of bell information

Rings, chimes, carillons and more

by Carl Scott Zimmerman, Webmaster,

Change-ringing installations are part of the larger world of tower bells in general, and you can discover the connections at There you will find not only rings but also carillons, chimes, zvons, chimolas, great bells (4 tons or more), tubular tower chimes, and bell collections that include tower bells. The coverage is worldwide, omitting only rings in the British Isles (for which you should visit Dove's Guide online). There are indexes for each of these categories, as well as indexes by maker, size, weight and geographical region. The various indexes serve two functions - to show related instruments, and to link to each instrument's own site data page, where you can find detailed information about it. That includes (where available) a link to a Bing Maps "bird's eye" view of a tower, along with links for locator maps from Google (with overhead photography) and MapQuest. There are also regional locator maps, bellfoundry histories and genealogies, special articles on related subjects, and more.

Recognizing that the NAGCR Website should be the best source of information for those interested only in North American change ringing, each site data page for such a ring is directly and obviously linked to the corresponding page on the NAGCR Website, enabling verification of the most current contact information for ringers. Also, ringers' contacts are clearly distinguished from general contacts.

To explore these connections, and to see how various rings fit into the context of other North American tower bell instruments, you might start with the index to North American rings by state/province.

If you have questions or comments about anything you find at, please send questions or comments using the email link at the bottom of the page where you found the information in question.

On a historical note, part of this data collection was originally published via the GCNA Website, and was mentioned as such in a message to the NAGCR and NAG-talk mail-lists in January 2010. It was moved to its present location in April 2012, merging with other information already there.

Posted Mar 10, 2014


Allen NunleyMay 08 2014, 5:00 pm

Thanks very much for this - it is quite interesting and comprehensive.

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