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Bell Collection

The resonating sound of the bell echoes through the church as the dedicated bell ringers pull on the ropes, creating a melodious symphony that fills the air

Background imageBell Collection: heavy metal cat

heavy metal cat
Adam Lawless

Background imageBell Collection: Old Grammar School, St Marys Street, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Old Grammar School, St Marys Street, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Old Grammar School in St Marys Street, Truro, when it was the Bullen Brothers Show Rooms with a sign saying Plumbers, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Bellhangers, Gasfitters

Background imageBell Collection: Chester Town Crier, Mike Chittenden, at his first cry of the season. 2nd April 1991

Chester Town Crier, Mike Chittenden, at his first cry of the season. 2nd April 1991

Background imageBell Collection: Church Bell Ringers

Church Bell Ringers
Ringing the changes in the belfry of an English parish church at Christmas time

Background imageBell Collection: The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman

The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman
The inside of Lloyds and the Lutine bell, which is rung to announce a total loss, one stroke for bad news and two for good. Date: 1933

Background imageBell Collection: The Angelus (c1857-1859). At the sound of the Angelus bell from the church in the distance

The Angelus (c1857-1859). At the sound of the Angelus bell from the church in the distance, peasants pause in their work to say an evening prayer. Jean Francois Millet (1817-1875) Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageBell Collection: George Morris, the celebrated bell ringer, on 8 bells, 1863

George Morris, the celebrated bell ringer, on 8 bells, 1863
George Morris, the celebrated bell ringer, playing on eight bells at once, in the steeple of St James Clerkenwell, London

Background imageBell Collection: Charles Chuck Yeager. American pilot

Charles Chuck Yeager. American pilot

Background imageBell Collection: Six owl bellringers on a Christmas card

Six owl bellringers on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageBell Collection: Bell foundry DP130590

Bell foundry DP130590
Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32-34 Whitechapel Road, Tower Hamlets, London. Exterior showing bells in the courtyard. The foundry has been operating on these premises since 1739

Background imageBell Collection: Pembroke College 1675

Pembroke College 1675
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, gardens & grounds & the bell tower. One of 39 engravings made of Oxford Colleges by Loggan

Background imageBell Collection: Teasing the Cat, 1888. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Teasing the Cat, 1888. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Teasing the Cat, 1888

Background imageBell Collection: The Lutine Bell in the Underwriting Room at Lloyds of London, 1933, (1935). Creator: Unknown

The Lutine Bell in the Underwriting Room at Lloyds of London, 1933, (1935). Creator: Unknown
The Lutine Bell in the Underwriting Room at Lloyds of London, 1933, (1935). The SS L Atlantique was insured by Lloyds for almost £ 1, 000, 000

Background imageBell Collection: Two cows with bells round their necks in Alpine scenery

Two cows with bells round their necks in Alpine scenery. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageBell Collection: Swinging on Ringing Bell

Swinging on Ringing Bell
The bell ringers of Seville - a rather unusual method where the ringers are swinging on the bells themselves

Background imageBell Collection: Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland

Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland
View of Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland. Bell Rock is also known as the Inchcape Rock (made famous by a poem by Robert Southey)

Background imageBell Collection: Daisy Bell by Harry Dacre

Daisy Bell by Harry Dacre
Promotional music sheet for Daisy Bell music hall song of 1892 by Harry Dacre and sung by Katie Lawrence shown here in typical cycling costume

Background imageBell Collection: Gertrude Bell aged 26

Gertrude Bell aged 26
Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) aged 26 in 1894. Date: 1894

Background imageBell Collection: Torcello Cathedral

Torcello Cathedral, The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a basilica church on the island of Torcello, Venice, northern Italy

Background imageBell Collection: Orange Harvest Moon

Orange Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon gets its name from folklore. The saying is the light of the moon helped farmers gather crops when days became shorter and nights longer following the Autumnal Equinox

Background imageBell Collection: Basilica of St. George, Victoria (Rabat), Gozo Island, Malta, Mediterranean, Europe

Basilica of St. George, Victoria (Rabat), Gozo Island, Malta, Mediterranean, Europe

Background imageBell Collection: Bell Ringers

Bell Ringers
People You See. From Teddy Bear (date unknown)

Background imageBell Collection: GERTRUDE BELL 1868-1926

GERTRUDE BELL 1868-1926
GERTRUDE M L BELL English traveller, archaeologist and government official

Background imageBell Collection: Christmas Bell Ringers

Christmas Bell Ringers
Christmas bell ringers Date: 1869

Background imageBell Collection: Feline Bell-Ringers 1875

Feline Bell-Ringers 1875
These five cats have been taught - entirely by kindness - to ring bells in sequence, though whether they themselves enjoy the sound they make is open to question

Background imageBell Collection: 1st Petrol Fire-Engine

1st Petrol Fire-Engine
A combination fire-fighting engine, with chemical fire extinguishing apparatus and a fire-escape ladder. This model was the first petrol motor fire-engine in the world

Background imageBell Collection: Bell Rock Lighthouse

Bell Rock Lighthouse
Proposed elevation of Bell Rock lighthouse with scale

Background imageBell Collection: Landscape, Historic center, Asolo, Treviso, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Landscape, Historic center, Asolo, Treviso, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageBell Collection: Loughborough - Bell-ringing - World Record Change-ringers

Loughborough - Bell-ringing - World Record Change-ringers
Bellringing - World Record Change-ringers - who produced a peal of 18, 027 Stedman Caters - rung in 12 hours and 18 minutes at All Saints, Loughborough on Easter Monday - 12th April, 1909

Background imageBell Collection: In the Old Belfry -- bellringers in action

In the Old Belfry -- bellringers in action. 1893

Background imageBell Collection: Agatha Christies cottage near River Dart, Devon

Agatha Christies cottage near River Dart, Devon
Agatha Christies cottage near the River Dart, Devon, with three cars parked in the foreground. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageBell Collection: The Village, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell, Wales

The Village, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell, Wales
The Village, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell, near Abergavenny, Breconshire, Wales. Showing Great Western Railway Station Parcels Receiving Office and the Blue Bell Inn. Date: 1904

Background imageBell Collection: Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis

Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis
Noises played for films: wonders of the cinema organ. Thunder, shots and tom-toms controlled by an organist: a film-theatre organ that creates sound effects. Date: 1929

Background imageBell Collection: Church and souvenir shop at Santorini, Cyclades, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Church and souvenir shop at Santorini, Cyclades, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageBell Collection: England / Sawbridgeworth

England / Sawbridgeworth
Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, showing some of its quaint and picturesque old houses. Date: 1950s

Background imageBell Collection: Street scene with shops, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales

Street scene with shops, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales
A street scene with shops, in Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales. The large corner shop is Bells grocery store, decorated with flags, perhaps to celebrate Empire Day (24 May)

Background imageBell Collection: Bats in the Belfry 19C

Bats in the Belfry 19C
Bats in one of their typical homes, a belfry

Background imageBell Collection: MUSIC ROOM / 1933

MUSIC ROOM / 1933
A colourful music room designed by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell

Background imageBell Collection: Cowbells are a traditional Austrian souvenir, Austria, Europe

Cowbells are a traditional Austrian souvenir, Austria, Europe

Background imageBell Collection: Dr Joseph Bell

Dr Joseph Bell
Dr JOSEPH BELL surgeon at Edinburgh University school of medicine where he taught Conan Doyle and inspired the character of Sherlock Holmes

Background imageBell Collection: Plants / Campanula Medium

Plants / Campanula Medium
CANTERBURY BELL

Background imageBell Collection: Duomo (Cathedral) in Piazza del Duomo, Spoleto, Umbria, Italy, Europe

Duomo (Cathedral) in Piazza del Duomo, Spoleto, Umbria, Italy, Europe

Background imageBell Collection: Hirundo rustica, barn swallow

Hirundo rustica, barn swallow
Plate 89 from Sir William Jardines The Naturalists Library. Original Drawings. Birds

Background imageBell Collection: Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral - note the separate 15th-century Bell tower (right). Date: circa 1910

Background imageBell Collection: The Church of San Juan Bautista, founded in 1797, San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico, North America

The Church of San Juan Bautista, founded in 1797, San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico, North America

Background imageBell Collection: Pug Dog JPF 1684 © Jean-Paul Ferrero / ARDEA LONDON

Pug Dog JPF 1684 © Jean-Paul Ferrero / ARDEA LONDON
JPF-1684 Pug DOG - wearing collar with bells Close-up, head to one side Jean Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageBell Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill

Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill
Uniformed boys on the deck of the Training Ship Exmouth perform dumb bell drill. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment

Background imageBell Collection: On July 8 1776, the Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning citizens

On July 8 1776, the Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by colonel John Nixon



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The resonating sound of the bell echoes through the church as the dedicated bell ringers pull on the ropes, creating a melodious symphony that fills the air. Their synchronized movements and skillful technique bring life to this ancient tradition. In "The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, " H. M. Bateman humorously portrays a moment of oversight, where an underwriter fails to recognize a disastrous situation unfolding before his eyes - perhaps he was too engrossed in listening to the enchanting chimes of bells nearby. Charles Chuck Yeager, an American pilot known for breaking barriers and pushing boundaries, soared through the skies with unparalleled bravery and determination. As he flew at incredible speeds, one can only imagine how his heart raced when hearing the distant tolls of bells below. "The Angelus, " painted between 1857-1859, captures a serene scene where people pause their daily activities upon hearing the Angelus bell from a nearby church. They bow their heads in prayer or reflection, acknowledging something greater than themselves. Pembroke College stands tall since its establishment in 1675; its historic walls have witnessed countless generations passing by. The ringing bells mark important moments within this esteemed institution's history - celebrations, graduations, and gatherings that resonate throughout time. Underneath an orange harvest moon's glow lies a picturesque landscape adorned with two cows wearing delicate bells around their necks. In Alpine scenery like this, these musical accessories serve both practical purposes and add charm to nature's harmonious composition. Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's artwork "Teasing the Cat" depicts mischievous playfulness as children swing on a ringing bell rope while teasing an unsuspecting feline companion nearby. Laughter fills the air as they revel in innocent joy amidst such simple pleasures. George Morris is celebrated for his exceptional talent as a bell ringer during 1863 when eight majestic bells resounded under his skilled hands.