Ring out for John Beddoes and support our school – Bring a bell to ring as we walk to the school from St Andrews Church, Presteigne, Powys, everyday from Monday 20th May to Friday 24th May. Meet up in the churchyard at 6pm. Everyone welcome.
The significance of the bell – The school was founded by John Beddoes in 1565, a wealthy woollen manufacturer who provided for the establishment of a Free Grammar School in Presteigne ‘to bring up the youth … in virtue, discipline and learning’. The school was to be maintained from the rents of local properties. John Beddoes endowed the school with the rent from “Bell Meadow” to pay the ringer.
Until shortly before the First World War the Curfew was rung for half an hour at 8pm each evening, but since then the time of the ringing has been reduced to five minutes from 8.20pm to 8.25pm. The curfew bell tradition continues today with financial help from the musician Mike Oldfield.