Bealings Bells
Title of a book by Major Edward Moore, F.R.S., that was
published in 1841 on the mysterious bell ringing in his house
at Great Bealings, Suffolk, England, which began February 2,
1834, and lasted for 53 days. Every attempt to discover the
cause of the mysterious ringing was fruitless, and by no effort
could the same clamorous, rapid ringing be normally produced.
After three days of the strange experience, Major
Moore concluded, ‘‘I am thoroughly convinced that the ringing
is by no human agency.’’ The psychic researcher Frank Podmore,
in Modern Spiritualism (1902), believed the conviction too
hastily formed and pointed out that the Major, the sole witness,
did not describe a single occasion on which every member of
the household was accounted for when the bell ringing occurred.
However, no comment was passed by him on the sequel
to Major Moore’s story as told in the Ipswich Journal. Readers
of the paper sent 14 communications of similar happenings in
different parts of England, some of them recurring and having
an ancestry of 100 years.
In My Life (1901), Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace quoted the testimony
of Professor Anstead ‘‘A neighbour and friend of mine
at Great Bealings has had the most wonderful things happen
in his house, which no one has ever been able to find a cause
for. He has often told me about the bells ringing when no one
was in the house. He was a very clever man, and I am sure what
he says is true, and many people in the neighbourhood were
witnesses of it.’’
Podmore, Frank. Modern Spiritualism. London Methuen,
1902. Reprinted as Mediums of the Nineteenth Century. New Hyde
Park, N.Y. University Books, 1963.

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