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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 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.


We are now ringing a limited number of bells for Sunday morning services and complying with CCCBR and government guidelines

This of course does not signal a resumption of normal ringing, but is just a start in the recovery of ringing at SMLT.  We regret that at this stage we are still unable to accommodate any visitors.

Listen to the bells

It is with great sadness that we announce the death, on 8th September, of Alan Munnings.  Although officially registered under the nearby tower of Sproughton, Alan had been a loyal and regular service ringer at SMLT for many years. He will be remembered with great affection by all who knew him.