Wakefield Cathedral has 14 bells. The heaviest, the tenor, weighs nearly 1800kg and was cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough in 1947. It is tuned to C.
Normally a maximum of 12 bells are rung at one time - the extra bells are used for a lighter ring of 10 in F.
The clock chimes are unique to Wakefield Cathedral, and were composed by Sir Walter Alcock in 1947. He was organist at Salisbury Cathedral. The circular plug in the vault above can be removed to allow the bells to be raised and lowered to and from the belfry. The resulting hole is just wide enough for the largest bell to pass.
Wakefield was the first church in England to have 14 bells, when the last one was added in 1964. Since then other Cathedrals have followed our example - including Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster.
Bell Ringing at Wakefield Cathedral
Normal Ringing Times:
8.45 am to 9.10 am
10.25 am to 10.55 am
3.00 pm to 4.00 pm (From the last Sunday in October until Easter Day)
5.30 pm to 6.30 pm (From Low Sunday until the third Sunday in October)
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Visiting ringers are very welcome. Our practices range from rounds and call changes on six up to Surprise Maximus.