The Paccard Bell Foundry, in Annecy, France, has cast a six-bell peal for Westminster. Founded in 1796, Paccard has more than 120,000 bells ringing worldwide. They are described as the “Stradivarius” of bells.
Westminster’s bells – the largest will weigh 9,000 lbs. – were installed in the Rose Tower in March 2020 and dedicated in September 2022. For churches, bells evoke the divine, summon people to worship, and send them forth. They celebrate birth and marriage and mark mourning and loss. Bells give thanks to God and by their very resonance ground the faith of believers.
In civic uses, bells offer strength and history. They bind diverse peoples into one community, reminding us of our life together. Bells ring in solidarity, marking moments of local and national significance.
Jim Dayton felt that the new wing would not be complete without bells to ring out Westminster’s Telling Presence in the City. His design presents the bells as a sculptural artwork even when not playing.
Westminster welcomes your support for this project. You may participate by making an online gift here, or send your donation to Westminster, with “bells” in the memo line.