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Old Church Bells, The

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Alternative title: Bell Ringers, The

Performer: Temple, Henry
Place Collected: Barnsley
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 9265

This is a rare song and has only been collected a few times.  The text appeared as a poem in The Bell News and Ringers Record – Christmas Supplement in 1888.  Bob Arnold of Burfold, Oxfordshire, had a version which he learnt from a singer in Ducklington and that is the only version to have been found with a tune.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 8 April 2016