The sound of the Cathedral bells is unmistakable, but did you know that the clocks, bells and chimes have a fascinating story to tell?
The Cathedral's clock, bells and the chimes are referred to in a repair agreement of 1525. This tells us that there were then at least eight bells, a clock and a chime machine.
The present clock, installed in 1898, is by Dent and Co, who built the clock for Big Ben. There is no external dial, but there is a fine Art Nouveau clock face in the north transept, dating from 1903, designed by Henry Wilson.
The bells were rehung and augmented in 1978 to give a ring of twelve. The two oldest bells date from before 1420, so they are older than the present tower. In addition there is Great Peter, the largest mediaeval bell in Britain, weighing a fraction under three tons. Great Peter is the hour bell and can also be heard ringing before the main services.
The bells are rung 'full circle' by the Cathedral's band of ringers from 1.30pm on Sundays, and from 7.30pm on Tuesdays for the weekly practice session. Further details are given on the website of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.