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Wallingford’s Celebration of the Curfew Bell

On Saturday 6th July, the marketplace will be transformed with live music, dancing and a Mummers’ play to celebrate the history of the curfew bell.

In 1069, Wallingford was granted an extra hour of curfew by William the Conqueror for allowing his army to cross the Thames in 1066. To this day, the curfew bell still rings every evening around 9pm.

Full schedule of the evening:

18.00 – 18.40: Quarter Peel – The Bell ringers of St. Mary’s Church

18.45: Welcome & Announcement of the Curfew Bell – Marcus Harris

18.45 – 1950: Music & Dancing with the Antler Ceilidh Band

19.50 – 20.10:  The Brightwell and Sotwell Mummers Play

20.10 – 20.40: Music & Dancing with the Antler Ceilidh Band

20.45: Trumpet Fanfare by the Cholsey Silver Band, Announcement & Procession

20.50: The Curfew Bell is rung

20.53: ‘Bless the Curfew Bell of Wallingford’ sung by the Wallingford Parish Church Choir led by Judith Ward

21.00: Bell rings & Bagpipe plays


Design your own Curfew Bell

Get creative and design your own Curfew Bell, which will be displayed in St Mary’s during the event.

Print off the template here