Ringing Glossary

Bell ringing has its own very strange language which everyone is familiar. For new recruits who don’t yet speak fluent bell ringer, this can be quite mysterious! Who are "Bob" and "Sally" and what is "whipping" ...

So here is your guide to some of the more common expressions.

Disclaimer. Bell ringing has it's own dialects so whilst we've tried to give the most common definitions there will be some unique to your local tower or neighbourhood. All we can say is we've tried our best!

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