Bellringing Customs and Traditions

Mark Lewis


Region:
South East
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: £55.00
Category:
Uncategorised
Updated:
2nd March 2017
Tagged:
Folklore

Bells have always been central to church life and have many eccentric traditions associated with them from quelling thunderstorms to scaring away the Devil. The curfew bell, passing bell, pancake bell and many other curious local customs and beliefs are discussed (This talk is NOT illustrated).

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About Mark Lewis

Mark is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and retired university lecturer. He also has a passion for lighthouses and is a keen folklorist with an interest in unusual local customs and rituals. In 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church. Mark regularly gives illustrated talks to Probus, WIs, U3As, Luncheon Clubs, art and historical societies, etc., on silver and jewellery, art and design history, folklore and lighthouses. Some popular talks include: “London through Artists’ Eyes”, “The Colourful History of Watercolour Painting”, “The Craft of the Silversmith”, “The Amazing History of Lighthouses”, “The Customs and Traditions of the City of London” and “Cribs, Cards and Christingles - The Origin of Christmas Traditions and Customs”. Most talks are of 50-60 minutes duration. Mark usually talks to audiences in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex but will consider any location. The fee is £50, (higher for large groups, 100+) plus petrol 38p per mile or second-class rail travel. Please contact me for my complete list of talks, further information and testimonials.


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