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Historical Tales

There is an old rhyme about the bells of Presteigne which is quoted in Mrs. E.M.Leather’s book on the folklore of Herefordshire:

Up the reen and down the ridge,
Say the bells at Pembridge;
Up the ridge and down the reen,
Say the bells of Presteigne.

A reen or rhyne is a term for a drainage ditch, possibly from the Old English word ryne or Welsh rhewyn meaning “ditch”. If the wind is in the right direction the sound of the bells can be heard at quite a distance.

On this page there are links to a some items of historical interest concerning the bells. You can learn about the Curfew which has been ringing at St Andrew’s Church since 1565, the death of one of the ringers in the tower in the late 19th century, and the significance of the bells in the history of campanology in the surrounding area.

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