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Famous Bells

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  1. Which famous bell, salvaged from a ship sunk during a storm in 1799, is used for ceremonial purposes at the headquarters of Lloyd's of London?
  2. In which American city is the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence?
  3. People living within earshot of which bells are considered to be "Cockneys"?
  4. Great George, the third most massive bell in the United Kingdom, is in which city's cathedral?
  5. What name is given to the scientific and musical study of bells?
  6. What is the nickname for the Great Bell located in London's Elizabeth Tower?

  7. The second largest bell in the UK is in the South West tower of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Its name is 'Great' what?
  8. In September 2011 the Whitechapel Bell Foundry was commisioned to make the largest harmonically-tuned bell in the world for which occasion?
  9. Great Tom is the bell that hangs in Tom Tower in which British city?
  10. What name is given to the structure enclosing bells for ringing as part of a bell tower or steeple?
  11. What German word meaning 'bells' and 'play' is the name of a percussion instrument?
  12. 'Little John' is a bell hung in the great dome of the Council House in Market Square in the centre of which British city?
  13. Also known as chimes, which musical instruments in the percussion family were first used as a substitute for church bells by Giuseppe Verdi in his opera Il trovatore?
  14. Cast in 1686 and considered one of Europe's finest bells, the bourdon Emmanuel, is located in which cathedral?
  15. What name is given to the most popular tune for church bells in Britain?
  16. Finish the John Donne quote first published in 1624: "And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for ...."?


  1. Lutine bell
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Bow Bells (the bells of St Mary-le-Bow, a historic church rebuilt by Christoper Wren after the Great Fire of London)
  4. Liverpool Cathedral
  5. Campanology
  6. Big Ben
  7. Great Paul
  8. 2012 London Olympic Games (it is called the Olympic Bell)
  9. Oxford (in the college of Christ Church, Oxford University)
  10. Belfry
  11. Glockenspiel
  12. Nottingham
  13. Tubular bells
  14. Notre-Dame, Paris
  15. Westminster chimes or Westminster Quarters
  16. Thee

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