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Society of Change Ringers

St Mary-le-Tower Society of Change Ringers  -  Copyright 2020


We are the resident ringers at the Civic and Town church of St Mary-le-Tower in central Ipswich.

There has been a ringing tradition here for over 300 years and certainly from 1880-1939 the St Mary-le-Tower society was the leading twelve-bell Company in the land. Over 400 peals have been rung here, many of them for notable occasions.

We are very grateful to Colin Salter, who is currently researching the history of the SMLT Society.  You can read his document here

Please explore our website, which we hope you will find interesting, and do get in touch with us if you would like any more information. See our Contact page

Regular ringing times

Sunday morning service ringing

  0845 - 0930

Monday evening practice

  1915 - 2100

Please check before travelling, especially

 at Bank Holidays or church festivals

The History of Change Ringing

Change ringing, the traditional English method of sounding bells swinging full circle, evolved during the 17th century. The basis of the art is that having started from ’rounds’ (ringing down the scale), each bell follows a pre-determined path amongst the others, so that the bells ring in a different order each time until they return again to rounds. Fully developed, this becomes an intricate and exacting science which today is keenly pursued by over forty thousand men and women of all ages. They form a well organised and important part of the Church and social life of England and indeed many other countries where campanology has taken root.

The funeral of George Pipe took place on 27th March 2020, but owing to the Coronavirus shutdown this had to be a service for close family members only.  It is hoped that at some point in the future there will be an opportunity for the wider ringing community to participate in some sort of celebration of his life.  Please re-visit this website for further updates.


Following the Government’s advice on social distancing, and also that issued by the CCCBR, all ringing at St Mary-le-Tower has been suspended until further notice.