Famous bellringers

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The following are people that members of the general public might have heard of who are known to have rung:

People taught to ring for a broadcast performance only

People who may have given ringing a try but don't seem to have stuck with it

This section is not intended to be comprehensive, but to note people where the name keeps coming up in conversation as purportedly a famous person who rang

  • John Lennon, musician[29]: 'The current Tower Captain at St Peter’s , Nick Willasey, told us that: “John Lennon did attend a couple of bell-ringing practices around 1957 – but didn’t take it up, as the then Tower Captain suggested that bell-ringing may not be for him, as John was not keen on doing what he was instructed to do!” '


  1. Daily Mail - ‘Bell ringing is fascinating. I did it for years in my teens': Ed Balls gives his definitive answers to our most probing questions
  2. The Telegraph - Bank of England: The nine people who set UK interest rates
  3. not too much - Betjeman
  4. BBC - Jo Brand: a Kentish maid
  5. The Guardian - Louise Brealey: 'I don't think Molly is really Sherlock's type'
  6. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
  7. Dulwich College - Ian Hay Davison Welcomed as a Fellow of Dulwich College
  8. Independent - The kipper-tie maker who triumphed over Maxwell
  9. Radical Numbers
  10. Conservatives - Philip Hollobone
  11. Ringing the changes at Cookham
  12. The Ringing World, 11 August 2006, p767
  13. Central Council meeting, 1992 - Official Report
  14. Kent County Association of Change Ringers - Lord Patrick Mayhew
  15. Robin McKinley's Blog. Days in the Life
  16. The Big Issue - Ian McMillan: How to Impress Female Bell Ringers
  17. pp 54-5 Muir, Frank 'A Kentish Lad', Corgi Books, 1998
  18. The Ringing World, 2 May, 1913
  19. Ring Those Bells: Paul Revere, Bell Maker - Massachusetts Historical Society
  20. Jonathan Shanklin - The Ozone Hole
  21. Alan Titchmarsh article about bell ringing - Bellringing at Ilkley & Addingham
  22. Victoria Wood - Live at the Albert 2001
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 IMDb - Heartbeat, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Plot Summary
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Midsomer Murders - Ring Out Your Dead
  25. Today - Evan's lesson in bell ringing
  26. ITV Daytime - Ade Edmondson
  27. I've Never Seen Star Wars - Ardal O'Hanlon
  28. IMDb - Seamus Whittey
  29. John and bell-ringing at St Peter's Church