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When Bells are Rung (3)

Church bells have also been used to give warnings in times of disaster. In 1552 Bishop Latimer said “If all the bells in England were rung at one time, there would scarcely be a single spot where a bell would not be heard.”

When it was feared that the Germans might invade England during the last world war, Parliament ordered that normal church bell ringing should stop. The bells would only be rung to warn of an enemy landing.
  ships The Spanish Armada, 1588, with which Philip of Spain hoped, but failed, to invade England.

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