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Tewkesbury Abbey

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin is in the west of Tewkesbury on the south side of the A38 (Gloucester Road). The abbey is located in a sizable churchyard with open space to the south bounded by Tirle Brook and a short distance north the River Avon joins the River Severn. There are a couple of car parks close to the Abbey though you may need to be careful when the rivers are in flood.

The route to the ringing room starts with a door on the outside north face. First there are 13 stairs; next a wide anticlockwise stone spiral staircase of 81 steps; then a crosswalk; finally, there is another, narrower, spiral stone staircase consisting of 51 steps. The ringing room is large with a clock mechanism and plenty of seating room for anyone not ringing one of the twelve bells.

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The Bells

The tower has a ring of 12 bells with a tenor weighing 27-0-5 in D. Dove's Guide includes details of the bells at Tewkesbury Abbey. There is some additional information provided by The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.

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