Bell Sound Effects

In the Avosound Online Sound Archive you will find a great selection of bell sounds and ringing bells and bell sound effects. The choices include bicycle bells, door bells, cow bell sound effects and sleigh bells, tubular bells, bell plates, and, of course, church bells.

Bell sounds are an everyday sound around the world -- and we often don't even notice them anymore because they are so commonplace (unless you live next door to a church, that is).

But bells are not only found in churches, they traditionally have also been serving other purposes (e.g. signalling and alarms). Maybe bells have been popular throughout the centuries because they are incredibly practical and yet so simple to use.

Bell Sounds - A History

According to archeological discoveries in China, bells date back roughly 3,000 BCE. These ancient bells were made from ceramics and pre-date the cast bells and the ones made of brass. It is said that even the Egyptians used to make metal bells and hang them from ropes in the towers. The sound of these bell plates could be heard many miles away, which made them ideal as alarm signals.

Bells Sounds - Made In China

The high quality of the metal bells hints at considerable metallurgical know-how in the 15th century BCE during the Chinese bronze age. Even back then, bells were cast with a very specific pitch in mind. In China they were used for ceremonial purposes, rituals and ceremonies of state. These bells also found use in temples and shrines outside of China, where they can still be found in great abundance.

Bells in the Temple

Bell sounds find frequent use in buddhist temples. Buddhist temples and monasteries often feature quite a number of standing or hanging brass and metal bells of considerable size that are struck with a wooden bar. Depending on the size of the location, you can find lots of smaller bells or sleigh bells ringing in the wind in stupas or at the top of temples.

Even today these bell sounds and noises can be heard in Myanmar's monasteries.

Bell Sounds - Metal Bells

In the western world, bell sound have traditionally had a strong symbolic connection to the church. To make their sound heard across many miles, the bells were hung in high towers. The mightier the building, the bigger the size of the bells. And the bigger the bell, the deeper its sound. These bells - several feet high and weighing tons - would then be hung in gigantic cathedral spires where they remain to this day, making their unique sound heard across the lands.

Bells were also mounted to public buildings to announce the time. Bells will either ring the time every quarter of an hour or every hour.

Bell Sounds - Church Bells

The sound of church bells differs depending on the size and architecture of the church. Monasteries, for example, tend to use smaller bells, while churches are a little more ostentatious about their oversized bells. Bells can sound individually, in groups, or all together.

In this context, bells have a ceremonial character as well. For festivities, all bells will usually ring at the same time. Sombre occasions might just require the sound of the deepest bell.

Bell Sounds in the Middle Ages

Apart from their religious connotations, bells were used in the middle ages to alert the people and the authorities. The striking of the bell(s) is used to announce the time to this day (much to the annoyance of many neighbours). Some of the more impressive bell towers even featured a glockenspiel––which made them known around the country. Alarm bells would ring whenever there was an attack or a fire. Those banished from the city or village could count themselves lucky if the only thing chasing them was the sound of the shame bell. Because the blood bells would announce an unkindly verdict from the worldly court in town.

Alarm Bells

As bells became easier to manufacture, cities were equipped with bells announcing alarms and storms. Before the constant cacophony of the industrial age, you could still the night porter's bell throughout the city. Bells announcing alarms and storms were equally prominent and their sound would carry from one end of the city to the other. The great benefit of bells was the amount of people you could reach in a short time and without much effort.

Bicycle Bells

To this day, bells play a significant role in our society: bells and sleigh bells can be found on ships; they were used on trains and streetcars before the invention of electrical or pressurised air horns; and, of course, they can be found on almost every bicycle.

Library Waveform Filename add Description info Channels Duration ShortID Category Subcategory
1 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Dg.wav Bell, Clock: Queens College Clock Striking Four O"clock.
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2.0 0:31

Bell

Bell Clock

2 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchOvin.BBC.EC105Wd.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 4 O"clock. (All Saints Church)
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2.0 0:15Bell Bell Clock
3 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksStriking.BBC.ECD104c.wav Bell, Clock: English Clock (1715) - Strikes 12 Across Halway
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2.0 0:27Bell Bell Clock
4 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bells,Church,Prague,BG Crowd and Traffic.wav Bells, Church, Prague, BG Crowd And Traffic
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2.0 0:19Bell Bell Church
5 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-Doorbell-Int-_9.wav Tones - Bells - Doorbell - Int - CU - Triple Ring
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Door
6 Sounddogs Sound Library Sleigh,Bells,Clunky,Long.wav Bell: Sleigh Bells Clunky Long
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell
7 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Metal,Clear,Bright.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Metal Clear Bright
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
8 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockHampton.BBC.EC105Sh.wav Bell, Clock: Anne Boleyn"s Clock, Chimes And 11 O"clock
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2.0 0:50Bell Bell Clock
9 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Door,Ring,Toll,Decay,Lon.wav Bell, Door: Bell Door Ring Toll Decay Lon
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Door
10 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGranborough.BBC.EC10_1.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 2 O"clock
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
11 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsEvercreech.BBC.ECD151a.wav Bell, Church: Grandsire Triples Run - Ringing Ends (Evercreech, Somerset).
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2.0 2:53Bell Bell Church
12 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Door Bedroom OC 08.wav Bell: House, Interior, Door Bell, Long Hold, Ding, Dong
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2.0 0:10Bell Bell
13 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingles,Approach.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingles Approach
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell Bicycle
14 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Bg.wav Bell, Clock: Tompion And Banger Household Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:29Bell Bell Clock
15 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Ue.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Five O"clock. (Cuckoo Only.)
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Clock
16 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Nc.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln College Clock Striking Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Clock
17 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC209Da.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock With St Michael"s Chimes, Striking Four O"clock.
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2.0 0:40Bell Bell Clock
18 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Med,Long.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Med Long
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2.0 0:05Bell Bell Bicycle
19 SoundStorm Library Tones-BicycleBell-4High-P_4.wav Tones - Bicycle Bell - 4 High-Pitched Rings, Last One Is Flanged
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Bicycle
20 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-BrassBell-Int_2.wav Tones - Bells - Brass Bell - Int - CU - Small, Short Ring
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell Brass
21 BBC Sound Effects Library BicyclesBells.BBC.EC25Dc.wav Bell, Bicycle: Many Bicycle Bells Ringing.
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2.0 0:53Bell Bell Bicycle
22 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockCaius.BBC.EC36Se.wav Bell, Clock: Caius College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:40Bell Bell Clock
23 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Ca.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded In 1969. Quater-hour
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2.0 0:26Bell Bell Clock
24 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsDoor.BBC.EC25Ab.wav Bell, Door: Old-fashioned Door Bell Ringing. (Medium Note)
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Door
25 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2C9c.wav Bell, Church: Large Crowd: Outside St. Paul"s Cathedral, Shouts Of Orders, Carriage Procession Arrives, Cheers.
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2.0 1:45Bell Bell Church
26 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT Tram Bell 01.wav Bell: Bell, Exterior, Tram Or Street Car Bell Ding
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell
27 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Fairy,Short,Gliss Up.wav Bell: Bells Fairy Short Gliss Up
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2.0 0:02Bell Bell
28 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesBells.BBC.ECD151c.wav Bell, Church: Peal Of 6 Bells, English Village Church.
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2.0 6:47Bell Bell Church
29 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,Loose,2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring Loose 2
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Bicycle
30 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Hb.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity College Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:34Bell Bell Clock
31 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ce.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 1:04Bell Bell Clock
32 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Qa.wav Bell, Clock: Keble College Clock Striking Quarter Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell Clock
33 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchEvercreech.BBC.EC91Gb.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Grandsire Caters Rung, Ringing Ends. (Evercreech Church, Somerset.)
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2.0 2:58Bell Bell Church
34 SoundStorm Library Tones-ChurchBells-St.HavelC.wav Tones - Church Bells - St. Havel Church - C U - 2 Bells Constant (Simultaneous Hits), Calling Mass
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2.0 1:49Bell Bell Church
35 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Wk.wav Bell, Clock: Christchurch College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:49Bell Bell Clock
36 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Tf.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Six O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.)
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell Clock
37 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSleigh.BBC.EC1010Gb.wav Horse Trotting Fast, With Sleigh Bells.
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2.0 1:41Bell Bell
38 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Antique,1800s,Polar POV,Hit,x3,Some faint BG birds.wav Bell, Antique: Bell, Antique, 1800s, Polar POV, Hit, X3, Some Faint BG Birds
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2.0 0:11Bell Bell Antique
39 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Small,Jingle,Quiet,Long.wav Bell: Bells Small Jingle Quiet Long
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1.0 0:08Bell Bell Jingle
40 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Brass,Gentle.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Gentle
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
41 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91f.wav Bell, Church: St. Sepulchre"s Church, High Holborn, Known As "bells Of Old Bailey", Exterior, Aborted Cambridge Surprise Maximus, Ends - 1985 (2B9, Reprocessed )
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2.0 1:15Bell Bell Church
42 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Boxing,Hits,Many,Fast.wav Bell, Boxing: Bell Boxing Hits Many Fast
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1.0 0:09Bell Bell Boxing
43 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ve.wav Bell, Clock: New College Clock Striking Two O"clock.
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2.0 0:39Bell Bell Clock
44 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsRochdale.BBC.EC2B3b.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: Inside Porch, St. Chads Parish Church, Rochdale.
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2.0 4:45Bell Bell Church
45 Casablanca Sound Library Bell,Tone,Class,Change,Feet.wav Bell: Bell Tone Class Change Feet
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell
46 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Eb.wav Bell, Clock: Queens College Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:48Bell Bell Clock
47 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchOvin.BBC.EC105Wh.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 8 O"clock. (All Saints Church)
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2.0 0:22Bell Bell Clock
48 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGrandfather.BBC.ECD1_3.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock (1680) - Ticking
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2.0 4:07Bell Bell Clock
49 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,1 2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle 1 2
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Bicycle
50 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-GasStationBel_3.wav Tones - Bells - Gas Station Bell - Ext - CU - Multiple Rings
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Gas Station
51 Sonopedia BellStoreClerk_S08FO.124.wav Foley, Bell, Store, Clerk, Hotel, Ring, Ding
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell
52 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Metal,Clear,Slur.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Metal Clear Slur
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
53 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Aa.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded Prior To Repair In 1956. Quarter Hour
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Clock
54 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockHampton.BBC.EC105Rd.wav Bell, Clock: Anne Boyleyn"s Clock Chimes And 1 O"clock
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2.0 0:20Bell Bell Clock
55 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Long.wav Bell: Bell Large Old Hit One Long
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell
56 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGranborough.BBC.EC10_5.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 6 O"clock
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2.0 0:19Bell Bell Clock
57 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC10_7.wav Bell, Church: Great Tom Clock Striking 5 O"clock
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2.0 0:51Bell Bell Church
58 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 03.wav Bell: Bell, Interior, Ice Cream Truck Swinging Bells, Clunking Swing, Bells Jingle
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Jingle
59 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,2,Slow.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring 2 Slow
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Bicycle
60 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Te.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity And St John"s College Clock Striking Five O"clock. (Trinity Clock Strikes A Second Time For St. John"s College.)
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2.0 0:41Bell Bell Clock
61 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Ag.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln"s Inn Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell Clock
62 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC209Dg.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock With St Michael"s Chimes, Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:57Bell Bell Clock
63 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2B6.wav Bell, Church: Bells: St. Paul"s Cathedral, H.R.H Prince Of Wales" Wedding, 29.7.81
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2.0 6:31Bell Bell Church
64 SoundStorm Library Tones-BongsGongs-Gong-Int-C.wav Tones - Bongs Gongs - Gong - Int - CU - Large, Metal, Hard Hit W Ring, 1 Softer Hit, Metal Sqeaks And Creaks On Swing Back And Forth
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2.0 0:51Bell Gong Metal
65 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-BrassBell-Int-C.wav Tones - Bells - Brass Bell - Int - CU - Small, Short Ring
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell Brass
66 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsCathedrals.BBC.ECD90b.wav Bell, Cathedral: St. Paul"s Cathedral Bells, Pealing Ends - 1972 (2B1, Reprocessed)
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2.0 0:43Bell Bell Cathedral
67 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockCaius.BBC.EC36Sd.wav Bell, Clock: Caius College Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:38Bell Bell Clock
68 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Ag.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded Prior To Repair In 1956. 4 O"clock
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2.0 0:49Bell Bell Clock
69 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSchools.BBC.EC3C9a.wav Bell, School: Electric School Bell Rings. (Recorded In London, 1980.)
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell School
70 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Broken Bell 06.wav Bell: House, Interior, Broken Door Bell, Ding, Electric Buzz, Dead Dong
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2.0 0:02Bell Bell
71 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Jingle,Dampen,Stop,Slow.wav Bell: Bells Jingle Dampen Stop Slow
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1.0 0:09Bell Bell Jingle
72 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Medium Tone,Hit,Thoughtful,x3,Birds BG.wav Bell, Hand: Bell, Hand, Medium Tone, Hit, Thoughtful, X3, Birds BG
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2.0 0:10Bell Bell Hand
73 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesBells.BBC.ECD151d.wav Bell, Church: Single Bell Ringing, English Village Church.
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2.0 3:21Bell Bell Church
74 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,Loose,Slo2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring Loose Slo2
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell Bicycle
75 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Kl.wav Bell, Clock: University College, Oxford Clock Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Clock
76 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Bg.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking Quarter To The Hour.
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell Clock
77 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Yh.wav Bell, Clock: Lantern Clock Striking Eight O"clock. (Domestic Lantern Clock, Manufactured 1615.)
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2.0 0:30Bell Bell Clock
78 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesLondon.BBC.EC91Hc.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Ringing Down With Rapid, Joyous And Random Ringing For Last Minute Of Recording. (St. Clement Dane"s Church, The Strand, London.)
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2.0 3:00Bell Bell Church
79 SoundStorm Library Tones-ChurchBellsFromNear_5.wav Tones - Church Bells From Nearby Street - Ext - Distant City Traffic Wash, Bells From Second Church Audible Os, Some Pedestrian Movement, Coughs And Light Walla, Light Footsteps, Some Mic Bumps
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2.0 3:44Bell Bell Church
80 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBuckingham.BBC.EC105Ra.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 9 O"clock - SS. Peter And Paul
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2.0 1:03Bell Bell Clock
81 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Xb.wav Bell, Clock: Christchurch College Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:56Bell Bell Clock
82 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Tb.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Two O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.)
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2.0 0:05Bell Bell Clock
83 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSleigh.BBC.EC1010Gc.wav Two Horses Trotting Fast, With Sleigh Bells.
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2.0 1:19Bell Bell
84 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-Doorbell-Int_15.wav Tones - Bells - Doorbell - Int - O S - Single Ring
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell Door
85 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Cow,Constant,Series,Faint Birds BG.wav Bell, Cowbell: Bell, Cow, Constant, Series, Faint Birds BG
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2.0 1:31Bell Bell Cowbell
86 Sounddogs Sound Library Ding,Bell,Bend Up,Low.wav Bell: Ding Bell Bend Up Low
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell
87 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Cautious.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Cautious
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
88 BBC Sound Effects Library ChristChurch.BBC.EC91B.wav Bell, Church: Village Church Bells, Peal Of Six Bells. (Christ Church, Kilndown, Kent.)
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2.0 6:46Bell Bell Church
89 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Boxing,Ring,7x.wav Bell, Boxing: Bell Boxing Ring 7x
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1.0 0:16Bell Bell Boxing
90 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ji.wav Bell, Clock: Oriel College Clock Striking Six O"clock.
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2.0 0:16Bell Bell Clock
91 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2B1.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: St. Pauls, Some Distant Traffic.
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2.0 6:49Bell Bell Church
92 Casablanca Sound Library Cowbell,Ring,Faint.wav Bell, Cowbell: Cowbell Ring Gentle Casual
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Cowbell
93 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchLond.BBC.EC105Je.wav Bell, Clock: Sound Of Carillon Playing "Oranges And Lemons". St. Clement Danes Church, London
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2.0 4:41Bell Bell Clock
94 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ef.wav Bell, Clock: Clock Of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Oxford Striking Half Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
95 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Rb.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock Striking Half Past The Hour. (Bell Type Grandfather Clock With Whittington Chimes, Manufactured In London 1845.)
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
96 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Dist,1.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Dist 1
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2.0 0:02Bell Bell Bicycle
97 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-GasStationBell-.wav Tones - Bells - Gas Station Bell - Ext - CU - Multiple Rings
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2.0 0:05Bell Bell Gas Station
98 Sonopedia JingleBellDown_S08FO.1366.wav Foley, Jingle, Bell, Set, Down, Drop, Wobble, Christmas, Holiday
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell Jingle
99 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bells,Sleigh,Loose,Tired.wav Bell, Sleigh: Bells Sleigh Loose Tired
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1.0 0:08Bell Bell Sleigh
100 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Ce.wav Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Five O"clock.
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2.0 0:11Bell Bell Clock