The Bells

The sound of Hexham Abbey's bells is a familiar one in the town whether they are being rung for Sunday services or for practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The dedicated team of bellringers ring for weddings and occasional celebratory services.

The bells are rung for Sunday services from 9.15am (before the 10am service) and at 5.30pm (before 6.30pm Choral Evensong). The Sunday evening ringing on the first Sunday of the month is usually a quarter peal attempt.

The Band practices on Thursday evenings between 7.30pm and 9pm with Advanced Practices being held on the last Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm.

To find out more about the Abbey's bells, and Band, please see their website.

If you would be interested in joining the Band, or learning to ring, please contact:

Jeremy Housden, Tower Captain via 07771 466123.


Hexham Abbey has ten bells, the oldest of which dates back to 1742.

Bell Note Weight Founder Year
Treble G# 5-0-21 Whitechapel 1999
2nd F# 5-1-03 Whitechapel 1999
3rd E 5-1-0 T. Lester 1742
4th D# 5-2-0 T. Mears 1836
5th C# 6-0-0 Mears and Stainbank 1884
6th B 6-2-2 Whitechapel 1977
7th A 9-0-0 Mears and Stainbank 1884
8th G# 11-0-0 T. Mears 1801
9th F# 13-1-0 Mears and Stainbank 1884
10th E 21-1-16 Mears and Stainbank 1924

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