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.EC36Xa.wav Bell, Clock: Christchurch College Clock Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:53

Bell

Bell Clock

2 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Bh.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking One O"clock.
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Clock
3 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,High,Fast,Constant,x2,Some BG birds.wav Bell, Hand: Bell, Hand, High, Fast, Constant, X2, Some BG Birds
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Hand
4 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsGreenland.BBC.ECD65.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells - Ammassalik
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2.0 1:15Bell Bell Church
5 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsHandBells.BBC.EC1003Ba.wav Bell, Hand: Monastery Handbell Sounded.
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2.0 1:09Bell Bell Hand
6 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Fairy,Tinkle,Flight.wav Bell: Bells Fairy Tinkle Flight
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2.0 0:15Bell Bell
7 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Rc.wav Bell, Clock: Keble College Clock Striking Eleven O"clock.
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2.0 1:08Bell Bell Clock
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Ti.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Nine O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.)
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2.0 0:10Bell Bell Clock
12 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsCzech.BBC.EC46Ga.wav Bell, Church: St. Vidus Cathedral, Prague, Zigmund Bell Tolling.
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2.0 2:01Bell Bell Church
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.EC36Fe.wav Bell, Clock: Clock Of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Oxford Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:48Bell Bell Clock
15 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Jd.wav Bell, Clock: Oriel College Clock Striking One O"clock.
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell Clock
16 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Brass,Perky.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Perky
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
17 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsPre-Reform.BBC.EC2B7c.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: 3 Bells, At Random, Pre-Reformation Style, From Church Interior, With Feet And Rope. St. Andrew"s, Toft, Cambs.
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2.0 3:25Bell Bell Church
18 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsCattle.BBC.ECD9b.wav Switzerland: Small Cowbells.
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2.0 4:01Bell Bell
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 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Small,Jingle,Shake,Slow.wav Bell: Bells Small Jingle Shake Slow
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1.0 0:03Bell Bell Jingle
21 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Slow.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Slow
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2.0 0:03Bell Bell Bicycle
22 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
23 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksGong.BBC.ECD104.wav Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock (1740) With Gong - Strikes 12
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2.0 0:27Bell Bell Clock
24 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
25 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksStriking.BBC.ECD104b.wav Bell, Clock: French Clock (late 19th Century) - Strikes 12
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2.0 0:21Bell Bell Clock
26 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockHampton.BBC.EC105Rf.wav Bell, Clock: Anne Boyleyn"s Clock Chimes And 3 O"clock
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2.0 0:29Bell Bell Clock
27 Casablanca Sound Library Bell,Church,Venice,MedDist.wav Bell: Bell Church Venice MedDist
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2.0 0:13Bell Bell Church
28 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Metal,Clear,Twice.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Metal Clear Twice
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
29 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesGermany.BBC.EC6F7.wav Bell, Church: Germany: Square Atmosphere, Tolling Bell And Churchgoers.
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2.0 2:22Bell Bell Church
30 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,3,Slow.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle 3 Slow
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2.0 0:06Bell Bell Bicycle
31 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
32 Sonopedia BellStoreClerk_S08FO.126.wav Foley, Bell, Store, Clerk, Hotel, Ring, Ding, Two, Times
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell
33 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
34 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
35 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockCaius.BBC.EC36Si.wav Bell, Clock: Caius College Clock Striking Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 0:52Bell Bell Clock
36 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ak.wav Bell, Clock: Magdalen College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:48Bell Bell Clock
37 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ld.wav Bell, Clock: Worcester College Clock Striking One O"clock.
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2.0 0:08Bell Bell Clock
38 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC209Df.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock With St Michael"s Chimes, Striking Nine O"clock.
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2.0 0:55Bell Bell Clock
39 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Ai.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Recorded Prior To Repair In 1956. 6 O"clock
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2.0 0:58Bell Bell Clock
40 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
41 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
42 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsCathedrals.BBC.ECD67a.wav Bell, Cathedral: Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan) - Internal
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2.0 2:29Bell Bell Cathedral
43 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2C9e.wav Bell, Church: Large Crowd: Outside St. Paul"s Cathedral, Orders Shouted, Small Cheer.
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2.0 0:36Bell Bell Church
44 SoundStorm Library Tones-Bells-CU-4InchBrass,F.wav Tones - Bells - C U - 4 Inch Brass, Four Single Hits
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1.0 0:31Bell Bell Brass
45 BBC Sound Effects Library Bells.BBC.EC1003Ab.wav Bell, Church: Six Cwt. Bell Ringing.
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2.0 2:24Bell Bell Church
46 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
47 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchOvin.BBC.EC105Wa.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 1 O"clock. (All Saints Church)
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell Clock
48 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Bi.wav Bell, Clock: Merton College Clock Striking Two O"clock.
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2.0 0:48Bell Bell Clock
49 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Polar POV,Ring,Medium,Constant,x3,Some faint birds BG.wav Bell, Hand: Bell, Hand, Polar POV, Ring, Medium, Constant, X3, Some Faint Birds BG
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1.0 1:35Bell Bell Hand
50 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSevenoaks.BBC.EC91F.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Eight Bells Ringing. (St. Nicholas" Church, Sevenoaks, Kent.)
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2.0 2:52Bell Bell Church
51 BBC Sound Effects Library ShipsBells.BBC.EC121Da.wav Bell, Ship: Telegraph Bell Signals. Going Astern.
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2.0 0:50Bell Bell Ship
52 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Jingle,Hit Store Door.wav Bell: Bells Jingle Hit Store Door
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2.0 0:52Bell Bell Jingle
53 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Qj.wav Bell, Clock: Keble College Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:58Bell Bell Clock
54 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
55 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
56 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Broken Bell 02.wav Bell: House, Interior, Broken Door Bell, Ding, Electric Buzz, Dead Dong
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell
57 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Tj.wav Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Ten O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.)
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2.0 0:12Bell Bell Clock
58 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsNorthMimms.BBC.EC91Ab.wav Bell, Church: Village Church Bells, Ringing Up Into Rounds. (Location Unknown.)
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2.0 3:15Bell Bell Church
59 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
60 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Eg.wav Bell, Clock: Clock Of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Oxford Striking Quarter To The Hour.
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2.0 0:16Bell Bell Clock
61 BBC Sound Effects Library NorthMarston.BBC.EC105Pa.wav Bell, Clock: Outdoor Clock Striking, 1 O"clock St. Mary"s Church
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
62 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Firm.wav Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Firm
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1.0 0:02Bell Bell Hand
63 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesLondon.BBC.EC2B4c.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells: Cambridge Maximus, From Churchyard, Distant Traffic, (Incomplete), St. Mary Le Bow Church, London.
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2.0 3:01Bell Bell Church
64 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39b.wav Mixed Comprehensive School, Classroom Atmosphere At End Of 5th Year Lesson, Bell Rung, Chairs Moved And Door Banged.
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2.0 0:55Bell Bell School
65 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
66 Sounddogs Sound Library Ding,Bell,Bend Up.wav Bell: Ding Bell Bend Up
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell
67 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
68 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ga.wav Bell, Clock: Trinity College Clock Striking Quarter Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell Clock
69 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cg.wav Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Seven O"clock.
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2.0 0:14Bell Bell Clock
70 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Nk.wav Bell, Clock: Lincoln College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Clock
71 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Church,Iron,Large,2 Meter,x4,BG birds.wav Bell, Church: Bell, Church, Iron, Large, 2 Meter, X4, BG Birds
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2.0 0:15Bell Bell Church
72 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockGrandfather.BBC.ECD1_1.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock (1750) - Strikes 12
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2.0 0:43Bell Bell Clock
73 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockBigBen.BBC.ECD14d.wav Bell, Clock: Big Ben Chiming Quarter To The Hour.
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2.0 0:23Bell Bell Clock
74 Casablanca Sound Library Cowbell,Hit,Door,Bounce,Clink.wav Bell, Cowbell: Cowbell Hit Door Muted Bounce
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1.0 0:03Bell Bell Cowbell
75 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bells,Sleigh,Loose,x1,Slow.wav Bell, Sleigh: Bells Sleigh Loose X1 Slow
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1.0 0:01Bell Bell Sleigh
76 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC10_5.wav Bell, Church: Great Tom Clock Striking 3 O"clock
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2.0 0:45Bell Bell Church
77 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Doppler2.wav Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Doppler2
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2.0 0:04Bell Bell Bicycle
78 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
79 Sonopedia JingleBellUp_S08FO.1365.wav Foley, Jingle, Bell, Pick, Up, Christmas, Holiday
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2.0 0:01Bell Bell Jingle
80 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
81 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Lk.wav Bell, Clock: Worcester College Clock Striking Eight O"clock.
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2.0 0:24Bell Bell Clock
82 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC212Cd.wav Bell, Clock: Christ"s College Clock Striking Four O"clock.
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2.0 0:30Bell Bell Clock
83 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ac.wav Bell, Clock: Magdalen College Clock Striking Quarter To The Hour.
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2.0 0:20Bell Bell Clock
84 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsDoor.BBC.EC25Ba.wav Bell, Door: Electric Buzzer Sounded At Long And Short Intervals.
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2.0 0:29Bell Bell Door
85 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC209Di.wav Bell, Clock: Grandfather Clock With St Michael"s Chimes, Striking Twelve O"clock.
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2.0 1:04Bell Bell Clock
86 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
87 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Da.wav Bell, Clock: Queens College Clock Striking Quarter Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:07Bell Bell Clock
88 Coll Anderson Sound Library EFX INT Bell A 02.wav Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Heavy Ding And Long Decay Series, Double Ring At End, Close
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2.0 0:31Bell Bell
89 BBC Sound Effects Library CathedralsBells.BBC.EC1003B.wav Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At Bergen Cathedral.
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2.0 0:47Bell Bell Church
90 SoundStorm Library Tones-SleighBells-Close-Up-.wav Tones - Sleigh Bells - Close-Up - Medium Heavy Jingle, Intensity Decreases As If Growing More Distant
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1.0 0:16Bell Bell Jingle
91 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91b.wav Bell, Church: St. Mary-Le-Bow, Exterior, Stedman Cinques Finish, With Traffic And Birdsong - July 1976 (2B4, Reprocessed )
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2.0 0:36Bell Bell Church
92 Sounddogs Sound Library Bell,Boxing,Ring,3x.wav Bell, Boxing: Bell Boxing Ring 3x
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1.0 0:16Bell Bell Boxing
93 BBC Sound Effects Library ClockChurchOvin.BBC.EC105Wb.wav Bell, Clock: Church Clock Striking, 2 O"clock. (All Saints Church)
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2.0 0:11Bell Bell Clock
94 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Vb.wav Bell, Clock: New College Clock Striking Half Past The Hour.
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2.0 0:20Bell Bell Clock
95 Rob Nokes Sound Library Bell,Small,Interior,Ring,Constant,Fast.wav Bell: Bell, Small, Interior, Ring, Constant, Fast
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2.0 0:25Bell Bell
96 BBC Sound Effects Library ChurchesDundee.BBC.EC91R.wav Bell, Church: Church Bells, Old Steeple Bells Ringing. (Tower Of St. Mary"s Church, Dundee, Known As Old Steeple And Is The Only Surviving Part Of The Pre-Reformation Church Of St. Mary.)
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2.0 1:43Bell Bell Church
97 BBC Sound Effects Library BellsTicket.BBC.EC25C.wav Bell Ringing On Old-fashioned Bus Ticket Machine.
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2.0 0:11Bell Bell
98 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
99 Sounddogs Sound Library Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Constant1.wav Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle Constant1
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1.0 0:44Bell Bell Jingle
100 BBC Sound Effects Library ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Ye.wav Bell, Clock: Lantern Clock Striking Five O"clock. (Domestic Lantern Clock, Manufactured 1615.)
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2.0 0:22Bell Bell Clock