These have been ringing for two hours non-stop (and possibly for longer, for all I know). Is this normal? I don't think so. It's the sort of noise that's pleasant enough at first, but becomes irritating over time.
I seem to be agreeing with you today! Yes I was just about to go there and ask them how much longer it is going to go on for! It must be some kind of electronic version as I do not believe a person could ring a bell for so long. This has happened before and is definately not normal to ring bells for this long!
How old are the bells?
Are they the same bells that the inmates of the Marshalsea listened to.
And the clock seems to have a mind of it's own, or else someone is adjusting it every couple of days. It chimes on the hour 2/3 minutes faster or slower than the Radio4 pips.
The bells, the bells. I happened to leave home just as they started and was surprised they were still going when I returned well over an hour later - and kept going for at least another hour, I think. Not in tune, loud and intrusive. Kate, I too was tempted to go over to ask how much longer we had to endure them.
There is rather a lack of the sound of church bells in London. When I lived in Barcelona for a while, I always knew the time from different church bells, and found it quite reassuring when I woke up to them every morning.
Well I thought it lovely and uplifting and certainly better than the shouting and out of tune haranguing with amplified drums wot happens across the road all day of a Sunday. You miserable, cheerless previous posters. Try a bit of campanology - you might enjoy it.
How sad that people are so unused to the sound of church bells that hearing them sound on a major feast day brings such alarm and despondency. When I was young the church bells on a Sunday morning were a part of life, and we were so used to them they didn't seem intrusive at all.
And yes, it's perfectly possible for human beings to ring bells for hours at a time. They take turns and have a rest.