At the sound of English bell-ringing…

by Walter Olson on April 29, 2012

“…your heart will lift up, unless you are the noise nuisance officer of North Somerset….For the time being, the chimes of Wrington have been silenced,” owing to a noise complaint lodged by a weekending Londoner. [A.N. Wilson, The Independent]


1 Walter Olson 04.29.12 at 9:22 am

And what novelist would have dared give the village a name as evocative as Wrington, or the husband of the complaining couple the surname Apps? Out with the old Wrington, in with the new ringtones….

2 Hugo S. Cunningham 04.29.12 at 12:44 pm

When I visited Colchester (some 100 km ENE of London) in 1969, they already were silencing their historic bells during normal sleeping hours.

3 John Burgess 04.30.12 at 10:26 am

It’s not just the Brits…

Here, from 2010 and Pennsylvania:

Battle of the Bells flares up again

Back in the 1970s, community complaints silenced the bells at Georgetown University’s Healy Hall Clock Tower. The tower was built in 1888, long predating the residents who moved in with delicate ears.

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