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British History: Bangor Bell

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    The Bangor Bell dates from about 825AD. It was found by workmen digging in the grounds of Bangor Abbey, Co Down. Monks had possibly buried the bell to keep it safe from Viking raiders. This bell didn't hang in a tower; it would have been rung by hand, carried around the monastery, calling the monks to prayer.

    The Bangor Bell was probably made by a travelling craftsman who was able to make it all in one piece, the handle wasn't added on later. The bell is decorated with scroll work and a Celtic cross, but it doesn't have a clapper inside. It is made of bronze.

    The Bangor Bell can be seen in the North Down Museum in Bangor Co Down, N Ireland

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