Ringing in the new

23 May 2003


Thirty-two new high-note bells cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London have been lifted into place in the University clock tower.

They will replace some of the original bells which have rung out for 75 years since the carillon was first sounded in 1928. It commemorates the 197 members of the University who died in the Great War.

The bells - inscribed with the names of those who died or their donors - were made at the same foundry as Big Ben. They were lifted into place by crane on Tuesday morning.

Carillonist Mrs Jill Forrest, who has been playing the University bells since 1978, said: "The quality of these new bells is superb and my team of carillonists is overjoyed."

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