made in Gloucestershire is ringing out across Boston, Massachusetts.
state capital's oldest church is celebrating the 260th Anniversary
of its bells which were cast in Gloucester back in the 18th Century,
and which were at the heart of America's war of independence.
North Church, Boston
bells at the Old North Church in Boston are believed to be the oldest
in North America.
were cast in Gloucester in 1744 at the Rudhall's Foundry - a company
which made bells that still hang in church towers across Gloucestershire.
Gloucester bells were added in 1745.
Morrison, the bell master at Boston's Old North Church, told BBC
Gloucestershire he has evidence proving their history.
document shows the bells were brought over from England in a sailing
ship," he said.
were actually brought for free because they were very good ballast,
being very dense, and could just ride in the bottom of the ship."
bell tower played a crucial role in the American war of independence
warning of the British troops advance. A coded signal was arranged.
One lantern in the Old North tower meant they were coming by land.
Two lanterns meant they were coming by sea.
Gloucester bells were rung by one of the great heroes of American
history. Paul Revere rode through the night to warn American troops
in Concord that the British were advancing overland from Boston.
the second half of the 19th Century the bells had fallen into a
state of disrepair and were restored about a hundred years ago.
were restored again in the 1970s and have been rung regularly ever
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