• And what novelist would have dared give the village a name as evocative as Wrington, or the husband of the complaining couple the surname Apps? Out with the old Wrington, in with the new ringtones….

  • When I visited Colchester (some 100 km ENE of London) in 1969, they already were silencing their historic bells during normal sleeping hours.

  • It’s not just the Brits…

    Here, from 2010 and Pennsylvania:

    Battle of the Bells flares up again

    Back in the 1970s, community complaints silenced the bells at Georgetown University’s Healy Hall Clock Tower. The tower was built in 1888, long predating the residents who moved in with delicate ears.