Church bell silenced for first time in 200 years after locals moaned it was too loud

A CHURCH bell has been silenced for the first time in nearly 200 years after locals moaned that it was too loud.

The bell at Holy Trinity in Bristol chimes on the hour, day and night.

But residents have said they are struggling to sleep — forcing church leaders to look at ways to reduce the noise.

Due to its 24-hour mechanism, the bell can currently only operate all day and night or not at all. It has now been temporarily silenced until a solution is found.

Church leaders say they would be open to adjusting the bell’s system so it only rings at certain times — but would need help covering the costs.

But one local said: “I love the bell. I find it useful and comforting, and a part of the character of the neighbourhood.

“I will be very sad if it stops. I actually like it in the night too, but I understand if some people who live right next to the church find it disruptive.”

Another said: “Why buy a house behind a church and then complain about the noise?

“Please don’t let a few newbies spoil the character of this unique part of Bristol.”

Holy Trinity said: “We hope the community can help us reach a solution that will work for everyone.”

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