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 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 05ft 02.wav Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 5 Feet
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2.0 0:24

Bell

Bell Bicycle

2 Sounddogs Sound Library Ding,Bell,Hit,Quick,Bend Down.wav Bell: Ding Bell Hit Quick Bend Down
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell
3 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Rd.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock Striking Ten O"clock. (Bell Type Grandfather Clock With Whittington Chimes, Manufactured In London 1845.)
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Clock
4 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Door,Ring,Ding,Dong,Fast.wav Bell, Door: Bell Door Ring Ding Dong Fast
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell Door
5 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-GasStationBel_1.wav Tones - Bells - Gas Station Bell - CU - Single Ding
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Gas Station
6 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Brass,Languid.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Languid
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1.0 0:03Bell Bell Hand
7 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchEvercreech.BBC.EC91Gd.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Ringing Down In Peals, Ringing Ends. (Evercreech Church, Somerset.)
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2.0 2:31Bell Bell Church
8 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Antique,1800s,Hit,Many,Clatter,Weak.wav Bell, Antique: Bell, Antique, 1800s, Hit, Many, Clatter, Weak
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2.0 0:28Bell Bell Antique
9 Tibetan Monasteries Bell-Tibetan-Prayer-Wheel-01.wav Bell, Small: Tibetan Bell From Prayer Wheel
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2.0 0:19Bell Bell Bell
10 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesGermany.BBC.EC46Db.wav Bell, Church: St. Michael"s Church, Hamburg, Bell Ringing Starts And Builds Up.
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2.0 2:16Bell Bell Church
11 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Mc.wav Bell, Clock: Jesus College Clock Striking Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell Clock
12 SoundStorm Library Tones-BongsGongs-Gong-Int_2.wav Tones - Bongs Gongs - Gong - Int - CU - Large, Metal, Hard Hits W Ring, Metal Sqeaks And Creaks On Swing Back And Forth
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2.0 0:49Bell Gong Metal
13 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Metal,Clear,Stern.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Metal Clear Stern
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
14 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsBells.BBC.EC2B1.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: St Pauls, Bells Pealing Finishes.
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Church
15 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsWinch.BBC.EC91F.wav Bell, Church: Winchester Cathedral Bells Ringing.
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2.0 3:01Bell Bell Church
16 SoundStorm Library Tones-ChurchBellsFromNear_2.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 1:51Bell Bell Church
17 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsCathedrals.BBC.ECD90a.wav Bell, Cathedral: St. Paul"s Cathedral Bells, Pealing, With Distant Traffic - 1972 (2B1, Reprocessed)
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2.0 5:00Bell Bell Cathedral
18 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC10_2.wav Bell, Church: Great Tom Clock Striking Three-quarters
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2.0 0:28Bell Bell Church
19 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Ck.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded In 1969. 8 O"clock
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2.0 1:20Bell Bell Clock
20 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36La.wav Bell, Clock: Worcester College Clock Striking Ten O"clock.
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2.0 0:29Bell Bell Clock
21 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSleigh.BBC.EC25Db.wav Bell, Sleigh: Sleigh Bells Ringing.
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2.0 1:06Bell Bell Sleigh
22 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSchools.BBC.ECD32.wav School, Ambience: Greece: School Playground, Very Noisy With Children Shouting And Playing, Distant Traffic, Bell Rings And They Go In.
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2.0 2:14Bell Bell School School Ambience
23 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ne.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln College Clock Striking Two O"clock.
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell Clock
24 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Doppler5.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Doppler5
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2.0 0:05Bell Bell Bicycle
25 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ch.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking Eleven O"clock.
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2.0 1:16Bell Bell Clock
26 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Jk.wav Bell, Clock: Oriel College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:19Bell Bell Clock
27 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cc.wav Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:11Bell Bell Clock
28 BBC Sound Effects Library NorthMarston.BBC.EC105Pf.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 6 O"clock St. Mary"s Church
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2.0 0:26Bell Bell Clock
29 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC212Ca.wav Bell, Clock: Christ"s College Clock Striking One O"clock.
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell Clock
30 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Dd.wav Bell, Clock: Queens College Clock Striking One O"clock.
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Clock
31 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockWhitchurch.BBC.EC105Vc.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 3 O"clock. (St. John The Evangelist)
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell Clock
32 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Bc.wav Bell, Clock: Tompion And Banger Household Clock Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:24Bell Bell Clock
33 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,5,Slow.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring 5 Slow
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Bicycle
34 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Te.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Five O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.)
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Clock
35 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ge.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity College Clock Striking Two O"clock.
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2.0 0:18Bell Bell Clock
36 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT Bell High School 01.wav Bell: Bell, Exterior, High School Dismissal Bell
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell School
37 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Ring,Light,Slow,Constant.wav Bell: Bells Ring Light Slow Constant
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1.0 0:54Bell Bell
38 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC212Ai.wav Bell, Clock: Emmanuel College Clock Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:38Bell Bell Clock
39 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Rings,Messy1.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Rings Messy1
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell Bicycle
40 BBC Sound Effects Library SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94b.wav Crowd, School: Electric School Bell - 1980 (3C9, Reprocessed)
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2.0 0:15Bell Bell School
41 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Nj.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln College Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell Clock
42 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Dist,Med.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Dist Med
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2.0 0:02Bell Bell Bicycle
43 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ae.wav Bell, Clock: Magdalen College Clock Striking Two O"clock.
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell Clock
44 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Vi.wav Bell, Clock: New College Clock Striking Six O"clock.
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2.0 0:46Bell Bell Clock
45 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Ci.wav Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:18Bell Bell Clock
46 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGranborough.BBC.EC10_3.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 4 O"clock
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2.0 0:16Bell Bell Clock
47 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC212Ck.wav Bell, Clock: Christ"s College Clock Striking Eleven O"clock.
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2.0 0:40Bell Bell Clock
48 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ec.wav Bell, Clock: Queens College Clock Striking Eleven O"clock.
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2.0 0:50Bell Bell Clock
49 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchOvin.BBC.EC105Wl.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 12 O"clock. (All Saints Church)
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell Clock
50 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Bi.wav Bell, Clock: Tompion And Banger Household Clock Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell Clock
51 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,4,Detune2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring 4 Detune2
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell Bicycle
52 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ei.wav Bell, Clock: Clock Of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Oxford Striking Two O"clock.
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2.0 0:30Bell Bell Clock
53 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Gj.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity College Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:28Bell Bell Clock
54 Casablanca Sound Library Cowbell,Ring,Jerky.wav Bell, Cowbell: Cowbell Ring Lopsided
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1.0 0:06Bell Bell Cowbell
55 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
56 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Df.wav Bell, Clock: Dunedin Town Hall Clock Striking And Chiming Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 1:01Bell Bell Clock
57 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Rings,Loose,Fast.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Rings Loose Fast
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Bicycle
58 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX EXT Farm Bell 02.wav Bell: Bell, Exterior, 1800"s Brass Bell Rings In Field With Insects Summer Day 60" Away
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2.0 0:30Bell Bell
59 Sounddogs Sound Library Ding,Bell,Bend Up,Low.wav Bell: Ding Bell Bend Up Low
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell
60 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Rg.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock Striking One O"clock. (Bell Type Grandfather Clock With Whittington Chimes, Manufactured In London 1845.)
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2.0 0:24Bell Bell Clock
61 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Church,Toll,Ding-Ding.wav Bell: Bell Church Toll Ding-Ding
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1.0 1:36Bell Bell Church
62 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
63 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bells,Noon,Prague,Crowd,2.wav Bell: Bells Noon Prague Crowd 2
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2.0 0:25Bell Bell
64 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
65 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Antique,1800s,Hit,Excited,Light,Some faint BG birds.wav Bell, Antique: Bell, Antique, 1800s, Hit, Excited, Light, Some Faint BG Birds
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2.0 0:24Bell Bell Antique
66 Sonopedia JingleBellDown_S08FO.1366.wav Foley, Jingle, Bell, Set, Down, Drop, Wobble, Christmas, Holiday
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell Jingle
67 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesFrance.BBC.ECD50b.wav Bell, Church: St. Marie Church Bells, Church Clock Strikes 12
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2.0 0:40Bell Bell Church
68 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Md.wav Bell, Clock: Jesus College Clock Striking One O"clock.
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell Clock
69 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
70 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Metal,Clear,Light.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Metal Clear Light
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
71 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
72 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchHorsmonden.BBC.EC91Cb.wav Bell, Church: Village Church Bells, Single Bell Tolling. (St. Margaret"s Church, Horsmonden, Kent.)
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2.0 2:58Bell Bell Church
73 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
74 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsCathedrals.BBC.ECD68b.wav Bell, Cathedral: Odense Cathedral Bells Carillon
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Cathedral
75 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
76 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Cf.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded In 1969. 3 O"clock
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2.0 0:52Bell Bell Clock
77 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Lg.wav Bell, Clock: Worcester College Clock Striking Four O"clock.
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2.0 0:15Bell Bell Clock
78 BBC Sound Effects Library ShipsBells.BBC.EC121Db.wav Bell, Ship: Telegraph Bell Signals. Ahead.
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2.0 1:10Bell Bell Ship
79 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksStriking.BBC.ECD104d.wav Bell, Clock: Tom, Christ Church, Oxford - Strikes 12 (interior Perspective)
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2.0 1:22Bell Bell Clock
80 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring 2
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Bicycle
81 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Fd.wav Bell, Clock: Clock Of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Oxford Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Clock
82 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Gb.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity College Clock Striking Half Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell Clock
83 Casablanca Sound Library Cowbell,Ring,Gentle,Casual.wav Bell, Cowbell: Cowbell Ring Gentle Irregular
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1.0 0:05Bell Bell Cowbell
84 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Fairy,Tinkle,Long.wav Bell: Bells Fairy Tinkle Long
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2.0 0:22Bell Bell
85 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Uc.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Three O"clock. (Cuckoo Only.)
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Clock
86 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Ring,Loose,Sloppy.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Ring Loose Sloppy
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1.0 0:05Bell Bell Bicycle
87 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Pf.wav Bell, Clock: Wadham College Clock Striking Three O"clock.
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2.0 0:11Bell Bell Clock
88 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Bell Toy 01.wav Bell: House, Interior, Bell Toy Rattle, Small Bells Jingle, Rattle And Roll Around
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2.0 0:09Bell Bell Jingle
89 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Small,Jingle,Soft,Fast.wav Bell: Bells Small Jingle Soft Fast
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Jingle
90 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Re.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock Striking Eleven O"clock. (Bell Type Grandfather Clock With Whittington Chimes, Manufactured In London 1845.)
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2.0 0:47Bell Bell Clock
91 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Brass,Rings,5X,Low,Clang.wav Bell: Bell Brass Rings 5X Low Clang
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1.0 0:04Bell Bell
92 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-Doorbell-Int-_4.wav Tones - Bells - Doorbell - Int - CU - Single Ring
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Door
93 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Small,Ring,Clatter,Short,x6,Facing Down.wav Bell: Bell, Small, Ring, Clatter, Short, X6, Facing Down
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2.0 0:22Bell Bell
94 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesBells.BBC.EC46C.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells Ringing. (Unidentified Foreign Location.)
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2.0 5:19Bell Bell Church
95 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Chinese Balls 03.wav Bell: Chinese Balls, Interior, Meditation Balls With Bells Rolled In Hands Quickly, Balls Together
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2.0 0:32Bell Bell
96 Sonopedia ChristmasBells_S08FO.573.wav Foley, Christmas, Bells, Single, Shake, Holiday
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2.0 0:02Bell Bell
97 BBC Sound Effects Library Abbeys.BBC.EC91Md.wav Bell, Church: St. Albans Abbey Bells, Erin Cinques Ringing, Bells Stop.
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2.0 3:19Bell Bell Church
98 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Mk.wav Bell, Clock: Jesus College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Clock
99 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Sleigh,Triple Ring.wav Bell: Bell Sleigh Triple Ring
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell
100 SoundStorm Library Tones-BicycleBell-2High-P_6.wav Tones - Bicycle Bell - 2 High-Pitched Rings, Quick, 3x
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell Bicycle