The separate systems save disengaging the clock
for chime peals and the obvious difficulties in re-setting. The driving
spindles to the four clock dial faces are operated by the vertical
rod through a differential rising from the clock below. The
four bells that are also connected electrically to the clock automatically
chime the hours and the quarters.
These bells are inscribed
"Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving
and into His courts with Praise", "Glory to God in the Highest",
"On earth Peace",
, respectively. The bells are arranged as shown
below. Number 6 is the largest (lowest note) and bells 3 to 6 are
used for automatic chiming, with clappers at the back. The front clappers
are for manual ringing.
The ringing or chiming board or frame
is where the manual ringing is done. See the picture above. There
is room for eight ropes, but only six bells were ever installed and
only one person rings at a time. The company that made the original
bells no longer exists, therefore new matching bells cannot be acquired.
The notes span an octave, with the missing notes between 5 and 6.
The numbering of the bells corresponds to the order of pitch, the
highest bell numbered 1, and the lowest, 6. The highest bell-pull
rope is on the right. Bells 1 and 6 are tuned to C. Ringers follow
set traditional patterns but new patterns are occasionally developed.
The hole in the floor of the clock level of the tower, through which
the bells were originally lifted, can be seen. The chalk tallies are
from the ringing in of the New Year. The old year is tolled out before
midnight and after midnight, the New Year is tolled in. The
rope to the single tolling bell (no. 6) is in the baptistry in the
base of the tower. This is used as the service bell, when the whole
peal of bells is not being used. This rope used to go down the stairs,
through the hole currently used for seeing if the stair-light is on.
At the top of the stairs, the pulley still exists. To find out about
ringing the bells look at the page Bellringing.