Prior to the publication of specialist bellringing journals such as Bell News and The Ringing World, information on bells and their ringing mainly came from newspaper reports. Welsh newspapers from 1804 to 1919 are now readily available online from the National Library of Wales and this website brings together references to bells and bellringing extracts relating to towers in the Swansea and Brecon Diocese from these various sources.
Included are all towers in the diocese which have or have had bells, whether or not they are hung for full-circle ringing.
References to extracts are classified as 'Bells', 'Ringers', 'Peals', 'Half-peals', 'QPs', 'Ringing', 'Handbells', 'Visiting Ringers' and 'Miscellaneous', with some extracts having multiple classifications.
All reference to the sounding of bells are included, ranging from 'merry peals' rung for weddings to change ringing performances of more that 5000 changes. Reference to ringers are also included.
The aim is to cover the period up to 1923 when the S&BDG was forrmed.
Paul Johnson, May 2020