The inventory of Edward VI in 1552 lists Ryburgh as having "1 stepelle belle wayeng by estimacon 5 c(wts)" as well as "2 hand belles, a sacryn bell and a sancts belle" all weighing around 20lbs or less. "Thereof assigned to be occupied and used in the ministracon of devine service the said belle of 5 cwts."
In 1890 the present ring of 6 bells replaced a single bell with the inscription "Joseph Eayre, St Neots fecit 1771" This was sold for scrap to the local foundry. All the bells bear the stamp of John Taylor & Co. Loughborough and the date MDCCCXC. This date must make Ryburgh one of the last of the "pre-Simpson tuned" complete rings of Taylor bells
St Andrew's has an interesting round tower, (the base of which is Saxon) and is believed to be the largest diameter round tower containing ringing bells. The octagonal belfry stage was added in the 14th century. Recent work on the tower interior and bell fittings by Peter Trent has resulted in a big improvement in ringing conditions and the tower is used extensively as a training base including the use of a simulator. (Peter Trent)
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