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A Celebration of Church Bell Ringing - St Michael’s Church

Heritage Open Days 2022

Sat 17 Sep 10:00 – 16:00

A celebration of church bell ringing set in a beautiful and historic church, incorporating:

  • Hands-on "have a go" activities for adults and children;
  • Talks and information;
  • An opportunity to hear the bells;
  • Tours of the building and churchyard.

St Michael’s is a beautiful and historic building, parts of which date back to the twelfth century. It was extensively remodelled in the mid-Victorian era by the church architect George Street, and amongst many other interesting features boasts a ring of 8 Bells, a fine Arts and Crafts stained glass window by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and the stunning Jacobean tomb of the merchant and royal jeweller Peter Vanlore.

As part of the Heritage Open Days programme, this stunning setting is opening its doors for a celebration of that "Great British Invention" of change-ringing, with plenty of information and exhibits, as well as opportunities to "have a go" using both hand-bells and the Charmborough Ring - a portable belfry with 6 bells hung for full circle ringing.

There will be talks too, as well as self-guided tours of the church and an opportunity to explore the churchyard with its monuments to several notable Reading residents including the Blagrave family.

Refreshments will be available.

Some of the activities, including the Charmborough Ring, will be located at St Michael's Church Hall - 100 metres from the church on the corner of Routh Lane and the Meadway.

Details of the talks and tours are to be confirmed shortly.