[Bell Historians] Highest Ring of Bells Without a Lift

Peter Rivet peter at plrivet.plus.com
Wed Feb 23 20:05:50 GMT 2022



I used to ring at Durham Cathedral in the 1970s and we reckoned we had the highest climb anywhere in Britain, other than Liverpool – who of course have a lift.  The central tower is 218 feet high.  The only other possible contender I can think of is Boston Stump.  Pevsner gives the total height of the tower there as 272 feet, but the ringing room isn’t anything like as close to the top of the tower.


Peter Rivet 


From: Bell-historians <bell-historians-bounces at lists.ringingworld.co.uk> On Behalf Of Mike Chester
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Subject: [Bell Historians] Highest Ring of Bells Without a Lift


I have asked this question on a Face-ache group and asked for serious answers and no speculation.  It is therefore no surprise that there was an immediate, and wrong, act of speculation!  I have felt the need to ask this elsewhere, to a more cerebral bell group!  😉


Channel 4 have asked me to confirm if Durham Cathedral are the highest ring of bells off the ground, without a lift to get there, in the UK.  Can anyone please give me a definitive answer?


Many thanks



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