Time and Tide Bell

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Time and Tide Bell

by Marcus Vergette

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Appledore, Devon


Bosta, Isle of Lewis

East Bell (site to be decided)

Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

Cemaes, Anglesey

Bell design
"This is an inspired project. The link between ourselves and the elements are in danger of being lost in our 21st century life. The importance of that link, given climate change, is more important than it ever has been and such a beautiful reminder of the importance of tides and sea levels is truly inspirational."

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, House of Lords

Time and Tide Bell Project

by Marcus Vergette

A permanent installation of 12 bells around the U.K. rung by the sea at high tide.

This project is to make a permanent installation of the Time and Tide Bell at the high tide mark at a number of diverse sites around the country, from urban centres to open stretches of coastline. The rise of the water at high tide moves the clapper to strike the bell. Played by the movement of the waves, the bell creates a varying, gentle, musical pattern. As the effect of global warming increases, the periods of bell strikes will become more and more frequent, and as the bell becomes submerged in the rising water the pitch will vary.

The first bell was installed in July 2009 at Appledore, Devon: the second on Bosta beach Gt. Bernera, Outer Hebrides in June 2010: the third at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London in September 2010: the fourth installed in Aberdyfi, Wales, July 2011.

Potential Sites

The integrity of the Time and Tide Bell project nationally is in the choice of the sites and how they connect. The Time and Tide Bell is to create, celebrate, and reinforce connections, between different parts of the country, between the land and the sea, between ourselves, our history, and our environment. Each of the sites bring something particular and unique to the whole group. The sites presently under development for installation this year are Orford Ness and Aberdeen.

Time and Tide Medal
Time and Tide Bronze Medal

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Time and Tide bronze subscription medals are available for purchase at 50 each. Please send your payment to Marcus Vergette and the medal will be forwarded to you.

The medal has the name of each site stamped on it, as each new bell is installed the name of that site is added to the medal. Consequently the first medal only has Appledore stamped on it. All proceeds from the sale of these medals go towards funding the Time and Tide project.

See a Video of the Time and Tide Bell ringing for the first time in Appledore (on youtube).

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