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 RoyalAlbertHall.BBC.EC1C7a.wav Bell, Clock: Royal Albert Hall: Symphony Orchestra Tuning, At 2"52"", At 3"40"" Applause For Conductor And Quiet Atmopshere
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2.0 4:09

Bell

Bell Clock

2 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25Aa.wav Bell, Hand: Hand Bell Ringing. (High Note)
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2.0 0:36Bell Bell Hand
3 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksStriking.BBC.ECD104j.wav Bell, Clock: Carfax Tower, Oxford (interior Perspective) - Strikes 12
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2.0 1:08Bell Bell Clock
4 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGranborough.BBC.EC10_2.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 3 O"clock
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
5 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Dd.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded In 1969. 12
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2.0 1:30Bell Bell Clock
6 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Paris,Ext,Kids,Med Dist.wav Bell: Bells Paris Ext Kids Med Dist
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1.0 1:26Bell Bell
7 BBC Sound Effects Library BicyclesBells.BBC.EC1001Ca.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bicycle Bell Ringing.
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell Bicycle
8 BBC Sound Effects Library Godmanchester.BBC.EC91Nb.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Half-muffled Bells Pealing And Stopping. (St. Mary The Virgin"s Church, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.)
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2.0 3:02Bell Bell Church
9 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT Driving Bridge 02.wav Bell: Bell, Exterior, 1800"s Brass Bell Rings In Field With Insects Summer Day 30" Away
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2.0 0:27Bell Bell
10 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Ah.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln"s Inn Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:25Bell Bell Clock
11 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLichfld.BBC.EC91K.wav Bell, Church: Lichfield Cathedral Bells, Ten Bells Ringing.
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2.0 3:03Bell Bell Church
12 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
13 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Door,Ring,Smooth,Decay.wav Bell, Door: Bell Door Ring Smooth Decay
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Door
14 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ta.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity And St John"s College Clock Striking One O"clock. (Trinity Clock Strikes A Second Time For St. John"s College.)
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2.0 0:27Bell Bell Clock
15 BBC Sound Effects Library Copenhagen.BBC.ECD104d.wav Martinskirken Bell (Copenhagen) - Call To Mid-morning Service
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2.0 1:35Bell Bell
16 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchOvin.BBC.EC105Wk.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 11 O"clock. (All Saints Church)
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2.0 0:29Bell Bell Clock
17 Sounddogs Sound Library Ding,Bell,Flat,Low,Rise,Lite.wav Bell: Ding Bell Flat Low Rise Lite
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell
18 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Slow.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Slow
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell Bicycle
19 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Aa.wav Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At San Petronio Church, Bologna.
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2.0 1:08Bell Bell Church
20 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsMytholmroyd.BBC.EC2B6a.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: One Bell Rung. St. Michael"s Parish Church, Mytholmroyd.
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2.0 2:15Bell Bell Church
21 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC212Ac.wav Bell, Clock: Emmanuel College Clock Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:25Bell Bell Clock
22 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX Meditation Bowl 02.wav Bell: Bell, Interior, Meditation Bowl, Strike, Ring, Close
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2.0 0:26Bell Bell
23 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Cb.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking Five O"clock.
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2.0 0:56Bell Bell Clock
24 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesGermany.BBC.EC46Da.wav Bell, Church: St. Michael"s Church, Hamburg, Bells Ringing.
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2.0 6:03Bell Bell Church
25 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
26 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Small,Ring,Clatter,Loose,x7,Rapid Succession.wav Bell: Bell, Small, Ring, Clatter, Loose, X7, Rapid Succession
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell
27 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ka.wav Bell, Clock: University College, Oxford Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:34Bell Bell Clock
28 Casablanca Sound Library Bell,Church,Old,Hollow,Deep.wav Bell: Bell Church Old Hollow Deep
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2.0 0:09Bell Bell Church
29 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,1,Strong1.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle 1 Strong1
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2.0 0:02Bell Bell Bicycle
30 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ej.wav Bell, Clock: Clock Of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Oxford Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:33Bell Bell Clock
31 Sonopedia SchoolBellRing_S08FO.2262.wav Foley, School, Bell, Ring
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell School
32 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,High,Slow2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring High Slow2
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1.0 0:08Bell Bell Bicycle
33 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC10_9.wav Bell, Church: Great Tom Clock Striking 7 O"clock
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2.0 0:59Bell Bell Church
34 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksGrandfather.BBC.EC4_1.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock Ticking. (Bell Type Grandfather Clock With Whittington Chimes, Manufactured In London 1845.)
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2.0 2:01Bell Bell Clock
35 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBuckingham.BBC.EC105Qf.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, Chimes And 3 O"clock SS. Peter And Paul
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2.0 0:44Bell Bell Clock
36 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Lb.wav Bell, Clock: Worcester College Clock Striking Eleven O"clock.
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Clock
37 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cl.wav Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 0:19Bell Bell Clock
38 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Jb.wav Bell, Clock: Oriel College Clock Striking Eleven O"clock.
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Clock
39 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralWinches.BBC.ECD151.wav Bell, Church: Winchester Cathedral.
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2.0 2:55Bell Bell Church
40 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
41 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Steady.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Steady
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
42 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchEdinburgh.BBC.ECD151.wav Bell, Church: Cambridge Maximus.
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2.0 2:42Bell Bell Church
43 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT DoubleDutch JumpRope 02.wav Bell: Dum Waiter, Exterior, Dum Waiter Start, Movement, Arrival Bell, Stop
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell
44 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
45 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Boxing,Hits,Many,Fast,High.wav Bell, Boxing: Bell Boxing Hits Many Fast High
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1.0 0:07Bell Bell Boxing
46 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Qg.wav Bell, Clock: Keble College Clock Striking Four O"clock.
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2.0 0:50Bell Bell Clock
47 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004De.wav Bell, Clock: St Magnus" Cathedral, Kirkwall Clock Striking Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 0:39Bell Bell Clock
48 BBC Sound Effects Library ShipsBells.BBC.EC3S17a.wav Bell, Ship: Sailing Ship: Gaff-rigged Ketch, Exterior, Eight Bells Rung.
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2.0 0:13Bell Bell Ship
49 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC212Bb.wav Bell, Clock: Christ"s College Clock Striking Quarter Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell Clock
50 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGranborough.BBC.EC10_6.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 7 O"clock
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell Clock
51 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Da.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded In 1969. 9 O"clock
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2.0 1:14Bell Bell Clock
52 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Fast,Long.wav Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle Fast Long
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1.0 0:44Bell Bell Jingle
53 BBC Sound Effects Library BicyclesBells.BBC.EC1001Cg.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bicycle Bells, Two Bells Ringing Followed By Several.
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Bicycle
54 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchBirkenhead.BBC.EC91S.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Ringing, Ringing Ends. (St. Saviour"s Church, Oxton, Birkenhead, Merseyside.)
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2.0 3:01Bell Bell Church
55 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Ta.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking One O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.) (NB Half-hour Is Same As One O"clock.)
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Clock
56 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 20ft 01.wav Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 30 Feet
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2.0 0:16Bell Bell Bicycle
57 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Aj.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln"s Inn Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Clock
58 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsLostwithiel.BBC.ECD151.wav Bell, Church: Parish Church Of St. Bartholomew, Lostwithiel - 6 Bells.
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2.0 4:04Bell Bell Church
59 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
60 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Chaang.wav Bell: Bell Large Old Hit One Chaang
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell
61 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Tb.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity And St John"s College Clock Striking Two O"clock. (Trinity Clock Strikes A Second Time For St. John"s College.)
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell Clock
62 BBC Sound Effects Library ChildrenPlaying.BBC.EC76Db.wav Crowd, Children: Infant School Playground, Bell Sounds And Children Leave Playground. (Five-And-a-half Year-old Children.)
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2.0 1:11Bell Bell School
63 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
64 SoundStorm Library Tones-SchoolBell-Interior-M.wav Tones - School Bell - Interior - Medium - Long Ring In Hall
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2.0 0:10Bell Bell School
65 Sounddogs Sound Library Harness,Moves,Bells,Shake.wav Foley: Harness Moves Bells Shake
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1.0 0:06Bell Bell
66 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,1 1.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring 1 1
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2.0 0:05Bell Bell Bicycle
67 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesLondon.BBC.EC2B4b.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: Stedman Cinques Finish, Traffic And Birdsong, St. Mary Le Bow Church, London.
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Church
68 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Di.wav Bell, Clock: Gound Level With Traffic In 1969. 12 O"clock
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2.0 3:00Bell Bell Clock
69 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Antique,1800s,Hit,x3.wav Bell, Antique: Bell, Antique, 1800s, Hit, X3
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2.0 0:17Bell Bell Antique
70 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Cc.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking Six O"clock.
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2.0 1:00Bell Bell Clock
71 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91e.wav Bell, Church: St. Sepulchre"s Church, High Holborn, Exterior, Tenor Bell Rung, Ends, Background Traffic (This Was The Bell Rung At Public Executions And Rung Here In An Authentic Manner - Opposite The Old Bailey, Formerly Site Of Newgate Prison) - 1985 (2B9)
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2.0 0:34Bell Bell Church
72 SoundStorm Library Tones-ChurchBells-CU-St.Ant.wav Tones - Church Bells - C U - St. Anthony's Cathedral, Nine Big Rings
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1.0 0:35Bell Bell Church
73 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bells,Noon,Prague,Ringout.wav Bell: Bells Noon Prague Ringout
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2.0 0:50Bell Bell
74 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Pl.wav Bell, Clock: Wadham College Clock Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:17Bell Bell Clock
75 Casablanca Sound Library Bell,Church,Venice,MedDist.wav Bell: Bell Church Venice MedDist
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2.0 0:13Bell Bell Church
76 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Dist,Fast.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Dist Fast
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Bicycle
77 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
78 SoundStorm Library Tones-BellOnKitchenTimer-CU.wav Tones - Bell On Kitchen Timer - C U - Old Fashioned Timer, Clanky Bing, Good Metal Bell, Some Not Isolated From Ticks
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1.0 1:23Bell Bell
79 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,Loose,Slo,2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring Loose Slo 2
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Bicycle
80 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC1_15.wav Bell, Church: Great Tom Clock With Street Atmosphere Striking Half-hour.
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell Church
81 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC209Cf.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock With St Michael"s Chimes, Striking Quarter Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
82 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBuckingham.BBC.EC105Qc.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, Three-quarters - SS. Peter And Paul
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2.0 0:35Bell Bell Clock
83 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Lf.wav Bell, Clock: Worcester College Clock Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:13Bell Bell Clock
84 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
85 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Jf.wav Bell, Clock: Oriel College Clock Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell Clock
86 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockHampton.BBC.EC105Se.wav Bell, Clock: Anne Boleyn"s Clock, Chimes And 8 O"clock
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2.0 0:41Bell Bell Clock
87 SoundStorm Library Tones-DistantChurchBells-_1.wav Tones - Distant Church Bells - Ext - Magdelen College Oxford Bells, Complex Orchestration Played On Church Bells, Recorded From A Distance, Part 2
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2.0 2:52Bell Bell Church
88 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Elfs,Alarm,Double Time.wav Bell: Bells Elfs Alarm Double Time
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2.0 0:46Bell Bell
89 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Metal,Clear,Polite.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Metal Clear Polite
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
90 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Dd.wav Bell, Church: Catholic Church Bells, Sanctus Bell.
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2.0 0:52Bell Bell Church
91 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Door Bell Old House.wav Bell: House, Interior, Door Bell, Old House, Metal Bell, Ding
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2.0 0:18Bell Bell
92 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Yc.wav Bell, Clock: Lantern Clock Striking Three O"clock. (Domestic Lantern Clock, Manufactured 1615.)
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2.0 0:15Bell Bell Clock
93 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-Doorbell-Int-_1.wav Tones - Bells - Doorbell - Int - CU - Single Ring
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Door
94 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Boxing,Ring,3x.wav Bell, Boxing: Bell Boxing Ring 3x
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1.0 0:16Bell Bell Boxing
95 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Rb.wav Bell, Clock: Keble College Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 1:05Bell Bell Clock
96 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Be.wav Bell, Clock: Tompion And Banger Household Clock Striking Five O"clock.
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2.0 0:27Bell Bell Clock
97 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSleigh.BBC.EC25Dc.wav Bell, Sleigh: Sleigh Bells Ringing.
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2.0 1:13Bell Bell Sleigh
98 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
99 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Ae.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded Prior To Repair In 1956. 2 O"clock
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2.0 0:41Bell Bell Clock
100 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Sleighs,Moves,Slow,Jingle.wav Bell: Bells Sleighs Moves Slow Jingle
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1.0 0:12Bell Bell Jingle