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[28]: '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. Central Council meeting, 1992 - Official Report
  13. Kent County Association of Change Ringers - Lord Patrick Mayhew
  14. Robin McKinley's Blog. Days in the Life
  15. The Big Issue - Ian McMillan: How to Impress Female Bell Ringers
  16. pp 54-5 Muir, Frank 'A Kentish Lad', Corgi Books, 1998
  17. The Ringing World, 2 May, 1913
  18. The Old North Foundation - Bell Ringing
  19. British Antarctic Survey - Jonathan Shanklin
  20. MyToolShed.co.uk - Alan Titchmarsh
  21. Victoria Wood - Live at the Albert 2001
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 IMDb - Heartbeat, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Plot Summary
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 Midsomer Murders - Ring Out Your Dead
  24. Today - Evan's lesson in bell ringing
  25. ITV Daytime - Ade Edmondson
  26. I've Never Seen Star Wars - Ardal O'Hanlon
  27. IMDb - Seamus Whittey
  28. John and bell-ringing at St Peter's Church