An Introduction to Ringing in Wells

The three C-of-E churches of Wells
St Thomas’s Church – Wells Cathedral – St Cuthbert’s Church (left to right)

Although it is the smallest city in England, Wells has three C-of-E churches, two of which contain bells that can be rung “English style” (seen left to right above).

  • St Thomas’s Church only has a service bell and is the smallest of the three C-of-E churches mentioned here.
  • Wells Cathedral has ten bells – the heaviest ten bells in the world
  • St Cuthbert’s Church, the largest parish church in Somerset has eight bells.

An active handbell group also meet regularly on Monday evenings and welcome new members.

Ringing is currently organised by an active group of ringers called the “Wells Amateur Bellringing Society” (more affectionally known as WABS). The group has been in existence since 1875, although bells have been around in Wells for much longer.

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WABS