Keep the bells ringing

The Rochester Cathedral Company of Bell Ringers are raising funds for essential work required to ensure the future of the cathedral’s bells.

Anyone living in Rochester will be familiar with the sound of cathedral bells ringing out across the town. This sound is created by the cathedral’s Company of Bell Ringers, a group of men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, who ring the bells that are hung in the space below the cathedral spire.

This ring consists of ten bells which were cast in 1921 and essential works are now required to ensure their future. The Rochester Cathedral Bells Centenary Project has been set up to raise £100,000 to fund these works.

The money will also be used to extend the ring to twelve bells;  a rare thing in North Kent. This will better allow the ringers to continue their work as a teaching tower, encouraging young and old from all backgrounds to come and learn. It will also encourage visiting ringers, as the appeal of a ring of twelve is irresistible!

There are lots of ways to contribute, from a small donation here to sponsoring a bell – the ringers will be buying three new ones! They would like to ring the new bells for the first time in 2021 to celebrate the centenary of the casting of the current ring. The project was launched last September, when the Dean of the cathedral spoke of how much the bells are appreciated.

To help maintain the long tradition of ringing in Rochester and to make the cathedral bells a sound to be enjoyed for many years to come, you can visit justgiving.com and make a donation. Click here.

A brief history of Rochester Cathedral

Founded in AD604, Rochester Cathedral is England’s second oldest. The present building dates back to the work of the French monk, Gundulf, in 1080. The glorious Norman architecture of the nave, parts of the crypt, as well as one of the finest Romanesque facades in England, make this an inspirational place to visit. The Cathedral is blessed with some fine examples of later Gothic styles as well as the magnificent 14th century Chapter Library door. Hidden from view is one of the oldest doors in England. Today, daily worship is central to the life of the Cathedral. There has been a community worshipping continually on this site for over 1400 years.