Quorn church now has a full peal of 8 bells which has been built up over the centuries.
The dates of the original bells are as follows: -
1553 - 3 4 5
1600 - 3 4 5 6
1773 - 3 4 5 6 7
1777 - 234567
1886 - 12345678
We know little of the history of the bells prior to 1773 except from accounts listing payments for the ringing of the bells for a coronation, the 4 o'clock bell and tolling the bell to mark deaths in the village.
In 1773 Edward Arnold of St Neots cast a ring of six bells at a cost of £168.7.0 plus £11.9.10 carriage charge. The money was raised by donation and levy. The inscription of the treble bell confirms this. 'Quod a pluribus collatum est hic me ponit.' (That which was by many collected, placed me here.)
By 1885 the bells were in a poor state. Their repair was undertaken by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough and two new bells were added, a Treble (lightest) and a tenor (heaviest). Both these bells are inscribed 'To the Glory of God and for the benefit of the Parish of Quorn, this bell was given by W.E.B. Farnham Esq. A.D. 1886'. The fifth bell was recast to make a complete octave and to its original inscription was added the names of the Vicar Rev Robert Stammers, and the churchwardens Joseph Tacey and Spreckley Wollerton.
£22 to cover the cost of the new frame and fittings was donated by Mr Warner, Mr Hole, Mrs Craddock, Mrs Perry-Herrick and Mrs J. Paget. The new peal was dedicated by the Vicar on April 27th 1886, followed by a sale of 'plain and useful needlework' in The National Schoolroom.
In April 1986 the centenary anniversary of the dedication of eight bells was celebrated with a tea and a sale of home-made craftwork followed by a service as similar to the one held in 1886 as was possible. During the service a short touch was rung on the bells and later, as in 1886, employees from Taylors rang a full peal.
Since 1886 the bells have needed further attention and in 1934 they were re-hung on ball-bearings at a cost of £120. After the fire in 1965, all the bells were re-cast somewhat smaller (47 cwt as against the old peal 59 cwt) by John Taylor and Co of Loughborough. The original inscriptions were retained together with the words 'Recast 1967. Rev Robin Everett, Vicar, Leon Frank Prevost, Frank Sumner Churchwardens'.
The inscriptions on each of the eight bells is recorded in the 1981 Terrier schedule.
In 1896 a peal of 5040 changes of Grandsire Triples was rung to mark the appointment of a new Bishop of Peterborough. In 1915 a Ringers Guild was formed to train new ringers. The noise of the bells appears to have caused annoyance and complaints at times. In 1925 the P.C.C. restricted the ringing of the passing bell to 30 minutes to mark a death and in 1944 the vicar was requested "to make some arrangement whereby villagers were not unduly incommoded by ringing practices".
Until the Great War, a bell was rung at the end of Morning Service. Opinions as to the purpose of this warning vary - some maintain it was to let publicans know that they could open their doors and others called this the 'pudding bell', warning houses that it was time to prepare the pudding.
A note in the 1925 magazine explains that the word 'belfry' is derived from the French word 'beffroit', meaning a defence tower. The word was corrupted to belfroit as bells were often hung in the tower and the word came to mean specifically a chamber in the tower where bell ropes hung.
Quorn bellringers still practice regularly throughout the year.