One unique aspect of the British countryside if the sound of church bells being rung. Most countries have bells that are tolled and some have mechanical carillons, but only in Britain is change-ringing, or the ringing of bells in special sequences, so widely practices.
Bellringing, which takes place regularly in some six thousand church towers, is regarded by non-ringers as something of a mystique, but in this book John Camp explains for the layman and the beginners what change-ringing is all about, why it is unique to Britain, and how it was developed.
He included much fascinating information--on famous bells and towers, inscriptions, peal boards and ringers' rules, ringers versus clergy, and a glossary of ringing terms.
1. The Background to Bellringing
2. The Technique of Ringing
3. Ringers Versus Clergy
4. The Writing on the Wall
5. Outings, Accidents and Odds and Ends
6. Some Notable Towers and Bells
7. Some Common Terms in Bellringing
8. Further Reading
9. Places to Visit