The world’s oldest church bell

Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Admin


A bell discovered in Derry, Ireland, has been determined to be the oldest church bell in the world.

The team believes the bell dates from 15th century – 1411 to be exact – and may have been made in France. Mr Leitch adds: “According to the Guinness Book of Records 2009, there is a set of bells in Ipswich in England and one of the five bells has a date of 1440. This bell is said to be the oldest church bell in the world.”

“This year marks the 600th anniversary of the bell. It is written that somewhere North of Derry city there once stood an abbey or church within the Greater Shantallow area and it is said to have been inhabited by either nuns or monks.”

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Story: Derry Journal | Photo: Derry Journal

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2 Responses to The world’s oldest church bell

  1. James Pitkin says:

    West Tytherley has the oldest bell in the world (for full circle ringing). It dates from 1260 and has been validated by the Church of England and is ‘listed’

  2. Det er måske Frankrigs ældste klokke, men vi har en væsentlig ældre i Danmark. Smollerup Kirke er i besiddelse af Danmarks ældste klokke fra 1100-tallet.

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