Bells and Bellringing at St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Picture of Church

Bell Details

Number of bells:
10
Tenor weight:
12cwt 2qrs 13lbs in F#

Ringing Times

Sunday Ringing:
5.45 - 6.30pm
Practice Night:
Thursday 7.30 - 9pm

Contact Information

Ringing Master:
Richard Grimmett
Tower Secretary:
Brenda Sawkill

About the ringing

St Paul's has a local band, taught from scratch at the installtion of the bells in 2005, and comprising several members of the congregation as well as ringers living locally within the city centre and the suburbs.

The practice is well structured and provides opportunities from learning to handle a bell right through to Surprise Major and Royal.  It is well attended by a broad cross-section of ages and abilities.

Sunday ringing happens weekly for the main parish evening service, and by further arrangement when there is a special service in the morning.

Very effective sound-control is installed, making the bells widely available for practice ringing and peal attempts.

Visitors are always welcome.

Access to the tower on practice nights is by the North door, which is opened at 7.30pm and again at 8pm; the door has to remain locked at other times.

 

About the bells

The bells of St Paul's are the newest ring in the city and were installed in the virtually empty tower in 2005 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the St Martin's Guild.  Cast by Taylors, the bells hang in a 2-tier fabricated steel frame, with the largest two hung on top of the smallest eight.  Clearly audible in the ringing chamber, this delightful small ring of 10 is an invaluble asset to Birmingham ringing.

The tower is home to the Birmingham School of Ringing and is equipped with two dumbells and ringing simulators.

The tower has its own website.