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Bells at the Guild Church of St. Dunstan in the West in London


Anyone who has demonstrated impressive accomplishments in campanology is eligible for the honor. It is awarded at the discretion of the nominating committee comprising current recipients of the honor, but nominations are open to all. Those in the Order of St. Dunstan are leaders in artistry, performance, community building, foundry science, historical research, record keeping, or philanthropy, and work tirelessly to keep bells resounding for generations to come.

Nominate someone for the Order of St. Dunstan

Section image: Bells at the Guild Church of St. Dunstan-in-the-West on Fleet Street in the City of London, United Kingdom.

Statue of St. Dunstan, patron saint of bell ringers

Who is St. Dunstan?

St. Dunstan is the patron saint of bell ringers. Living and rising to prominence in the 10th century, St. Dunstan became an important minister of state to several English kings; was appointed, successively, Abbot of Glastonbury, Bishop of Worcester, Bishop of London, and Archbishop of Canterbury; and was later canonized a saint. Throughout his life, he worked to restore monastic traditions in England, reformed the church, and experimented with the design and forging of church bells.

Meet St. Dunstan, Patron Saint of Bell Ringers

Section image: A figure of St. Dunstan at St. Dunstan's Parish Church, Mayfield and Five Ashes, United Kingdom.