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Our final Sunday morning in England, I had one more opportunity to listen to English change-ringing. Even an amateur, like me, was able to tell the difference from Bath to Birmingham (St. Martin in the Bullring) to London. Each was better than the last, with crisper, faster sequences. The cities, obviously, draw from a larger pool of potential bell-ringers and can put on the flashier show. Bell-ringing, by its nature, though, is a joyous experience any place in Britain. If you want a sound track for this post, choose one of the BBC episodes of Bells on Sunday.
As I was taking these photos of Trafalgar Square, I listened to the bells of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
I was surprised how easily the bells were drowned out by modern noise pollution — with traffic, a jackhammer, and that marching band — the bells could only be heard a block or two away. Amazing to think that they used to call entire regions to church.
More photos from Trafalgar Square and the rest of our England trip on my Flickr photostream. I’m going to a travel photography workshop this weekend. The ten Trafalgar Square photos are among the ones that I sent in for review, so I’m interested to see what else I can learn from these.