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Whether you're an experienced ringer, or have no idea what bell ringing is, all are very welcome to visit the tower at Trinity Wall Street!

What is change ringing?

Change ringing, or simply "bell ringing", provides about 40,000 people in at least 10 different countries with a pastime that includes an intellectual and physical challenge, a strong social component, and an opportunity for lifetime learning. Change ringing has aspects that are mechanical, rhythmical, musical and mathematical, and above all it involves teamwork. Change ringing is an art form with a history that dates back more than 400 years.

There are over 5,000 towers across the world that contain change ringing bells. The majority of these are in the United Kingdom, where change ringing originally developed. There are around 40 installations of change ringing bells in towers across the United States, and another 7 in Canada.

Most change ringing installations comprise 6 or 8 bells, though at larger churches and cathedrals there can frequently be 10 or 12 bells. At Trinity we are lucky enough to have 12 bells: the only place in the United States to do so!

The websites and articles listed below provide some background on change ringing, and further information on the Trinity Ringers.

  • Read an article about change ringing at Trinity Wall Street that was published in the New York Times in September 2009
  • Read this article, written by one of the Trinity Ringers
  • The Trinity Ringers are part of the North American Guild of Change Ringers. Visit the NAGCR website
  • The NAGCR is affiliated with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Visit the CCCBR website
  • Visit the bells page of the Trinity Wall Street church website

If you would like to visit to see and hear the bells and watch how we ring them, just learn more about change ringing, or even take a lesson in how to ring, then please feel free to join us at one of our regular weekly ringing events. It's free, but please use the "Contact Us" link above to let us know you're coming. Want to read more? Then visit our FAQ!

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Change Ringing at Trinity!

Visiting our Regular Ringing Events

Sunday Service Ringing: 10:15am - 11:15am, and 12:20pm - 1:30pm

On Sundays access the tower via the main entrance to Trinity at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street. The door that leads up to the ringing room is on the left hand side as you walk in, between two sets of double glass doors that lead into the main body of the church.

If the tower door is locked, please find one of the Trinity security guards, let them know you are a bell ringer, and ask them to unlock the door for you.

Please be quiet on the stairs as the choir may be singing in the gallery, and/or a sound engineer may be working in a booth next to the steps.

Wednesday Practice: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The main Broadway entrance to Trinity is usually locked by 7:00pm. Instead go to the "Dungeon Door" entrance, which is on Trinity Place. This entrance is a small black metal door built into the high church wall, almost beneath the pedestrian footbridge that crosses Trinity Place. Meet at the dungeon door at 6:50pm. If you arrive after 7:00pm, phone the ringing room: +1(646) 216-6548.

If you arrive early on a Wednesday, you can wait in the Trinity Parish Center until 6:50pm. The Parish Center is located on the northwest corner of Trinity Place and Rector Street. The address is 2 Rector Street, but note that the entrance is on Trinity Place.

News

June 11, 2016 It was with great sadness and shock that we learned that Paul Windels had suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday, June 4. Paul had been planning to ring that afternoon at the Kent School in Connecticut. Paul's funeral was held on Friday, June 9th, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale, New York, and was attended by members of the ringing community from throughout the northeast. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm and dedication, and will be greatly missed by the Trinity ringers. Condolences have been sent to Paul's family, and a peal of Cambridge Major was rung in his memory today.
March 26, 2017 A very enjoyable 12-bell weekend took place on the 25th and 26th, with ringers from across the Northeast joining local band members for some spirited 12-bell ringing. Saturday's ringing included the North American premiere of Erin Sextuples - with all 13 tower bells deployed. An afternoon of quarter peals and general ringing was followed by a fine dinner at nearby Les Halles. Sunday morning included a handbell quarter peal, general ringing and open service ringing (in the Dorian mode for Lent). The weekend's events wrapped up with an afternoon peal of 5042 Spliced Surprise Maximus (Yorkshire and Cambridge, composed by Don Morrison), dedicated to Tim Barnes' birthday a few days earlier.
March 5, 2016 March is off to a good start, with a full day of ringing. Service ringing was modified (at the Vicar's request) to allow for the Season of Lent. Some of what was implemented included having the sound controls partially engaged (making the bells sound somewhat subdued and distant), and ringing in the Dorian mode rather a diatonic major scale - achieved with the #4 as the treble and the #11 as the tenor. Three successful quarter-peals were rung in the afternoon, including Erin Cinques, Rutland Surprise Major and Plain Bob Triples. The day's ringing concluded with Jeremy's annual dinner party at his nearby apartment.
February 19, 2017 Congratulations to the peal band on scoring the first peal on our new light 8 with sharp 2nd! The method was Bristol Major, with Tim conducting. Some high drama also this morning during the pre-service ringing, with the clapper of the 11 shearing in two on one of its strikes and crashing to the bellchamber floor. Stuart, Tim and John installed a new clapper during the service, and all was in readiness for post-service ringing on the back bells, followed by the peal on the front bells, with all three mechanics in the peal band. Solid inspiration for “getting on with it!”
January 29, 2017 Our pre-service quarter-peal today of Stedman Caters was successful, and we are pleased to dedicate it to Duncan and Jenny's infant daughter Harriet Jennifer, born just a few weeks ago. The service touch included some 12-bell ringing made up of two bands of six bells, each of them simultaneously ringing Plain Bob Doubles. Interesting to ring and lovely to listen to. Our handbells were also back in use today, after a rather long hiatus.
January 22, 2017 A full day of ringing in the tower, beginning with a quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples that was going along beautifully until the number 3 slipped wheel. Both QP's and full peals have been lost to this problem and we are working towards a solution. After post-service ringing, some students from the Kent School along with ringing tutor and faculty member Matt Austin spent a couple of hours with us for a practice workshop, which was enjoyable and productive. Our own group of learners is progressing well. The last several months have seen an unusually high number of new recruits, and their enthusiasm and commitment is borne out in the progress they've made.
December 19, 2016 The officers of the Trinity Ringers Association extend best wishes to all of our members, friends and associates for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2016 marked the end of the first 10 years of ringing at Trinity, and we look forward to building on that foundation in 2017 and beyond.
October 30, 2016 The last weekend in October, beginning on Thursday afternoon through most of the day Sunday, was a time of great celebration, with our long-planned 10th Anniversary event marking the installation and first peal of the bells. About 50 people came together, including many visitors from across the US, from Canada and of course from the UK. The days held many ringing opportunities, both general and quarter peals, on tower bells, handbells and mini-ring. There was also much socializing, and lots of good fun throughout the event. Saturday's dinner at Trinity Place was a wonderful evening. The limited space of this news feed couldn’t begin to do justice to the full scope of the event, but it will surely be remembered as a high point in our tower’s history to date. The weekend concluded with a peal of 5010 Stedman Cinques, rung by the St. Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Change-Ringers, which included Dill Faulkes, the donor of the Trinity bells.
October 23, 2016 We’re pleased to share the news that this afternoon the local band scored a peal of New York Littleport Little Surprise Caters. The peal was specially composed to mark the 10th anniversary, and was conducted by Tim. We’ve been practicing the method for some time, and after a couple of attempts that were lost, we’re very glad that the peal scored during this anniversary month. It was enjoyable to ring, and a nice way to lead into the celebrations later this week, when visitors from the UK, Canada and other parts of the US will be with us.
October 16, 2016 A productive tower-cleanup after post-service ringing today, putting the house in order in readiness for our anniversary event that we'll soon be hosting, with many visitors expected. The anteroom below the ringing room has been transformed from a storage area to an attractive parlor, with furniture and seating nicely arranged and many bulky and unsightly items (such as all those pieces of wood) cleared away. Our vacuum cleaners also saw lots of service time.
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