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Silenced bell at St Paul's Church in Bristol rung again

  • 11 December 2011
  • From the section Bristol
The tower at the former St Pauls church in Portland Square, Bristol
The former church is now used for circus and theatre performances

A church bell which has not been heard in Bristol for more than 20 years has been rung again.

When St Paul's Church in Portland Square closed in 1988 all but one of its four bells were removed from the tower of the Grade I-listed building.

But it could not be rung as the rope was missing and the mechanism damaged.

It was repaired by the Churches Conservation Trust and rung at 16:00 GMT by local campanologist Matt Dawson.

Circus and theatre group Circomedia now uses the building as a training and performance base.

The ring was timed to welcome the audience to their Christmas show being staged by more than 50 young members from the city.

The Churches Conservation Trust is a registered charity which is dedicated to saving historic churches at risk.

It was founded in 1968 and has helped save more than 340 English churches since then.

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