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"Ich würde die lasche, viel zu tolerante Haltung gegenüber dem nächtlichen Kirchenglockengebimmel in meiner Nachbarschaft ändern."

Kuno Lauener (Schweizer Sänger von 'Züri West')
Kuno Lauener (Schweizer Sänger von 'Züri West')
Pressemitteilung IG Stiller März 2006 III  
21. März 2006
Quelle: Pressemittteilung IG Stiller

1. Kassensturz: heute Abend

Lärm oder Brauch: Der Streit um die Kirchenglocken
Jede Viertelstunde läuten die Glocken - Tag und Nacht. Die einen ärgern sich darüber, für die anderen ist das ein schöner Brauch. In immer mehr Gemeinden kommt es deswegen zum Streit.

2. Central council of church bell ringers (CCCBR) nimmt Stellung zur Forderung der IG Stiller

Wie wir kürzlich berichtet haben, wurde in London schon vor 100 Jahren Glockenlärm von 21 bis 9 Uhr verboten. Wir haben versucht herauszufinden, ob dies auch heute noch gilt. Es war nicht einfach aus Grossbritannien eine Antwort zu erhalten. Nun ist sie aber hier in Form eines Mails des Mayor of London (Politiker wollen wie in der Schweiz nichts mit Glockenlärm zu tun haben) sowie von zwei Mails des central council of church bell ringers (CCCBR). Diese Organisation teilte uns mit, dass bei ihnen mechanisierter Glockenlärm weniger ein Problem ist. Dafür gibt es Klagen wegen manuellem Glockenlärm (Glockenspiel). Der Lärmbeauftragte des CCCBR findet die Forderung nach Nachtruhe von 22 bis 7 Uhr korrekt. Der CCCBR empfiehlt sogar eine Nachtruhezeit von 21 bis 7 Uhr. Details siehe unten.


Dear Dr. Buechi,

Thank you for your email to the Mayor of London regarding bell noise in London. I have been asked to reply.
This issue is not actually something which the Mayor of London would deal with, but you might find it useful to contact one of the London borough councils. For example, you could try Westminster borough council and ask for their advice on church bell noise. I have included a link to their website - Westminster.gov.uk

You may also want to have a look at the Mayor's Ambient Noise Strategy for information. You can find this by following the link below. London.gov.uk/mayor/strategies/noise/downloads.jsp

I hope you find this information helpful. Thank you again for contacting us.

Yours sincerely
Naomi Kent
Public Liaison Officer


Dear Mr Stiller,


Thank you for your message. I have passed your query onto our Noise Complaints officer who will be able to answer more fully (you will see his address copied above).


However, you should understand that we can only offer guidance and our suggestions do not in any way constitute legal advice. Also our expertise is specific to the UK and also specific to a particular type of bell ringing music which is native to the UK, and we are less concerned with automatic chiming of clock bells, except where compaints about automatic chimes may unnecessarily cause the cessation of musical ringing.


Yours sincerely,
Tina Stoecklin
webmaster, CCCBR



It is difficult for us to be very specific in our advice to you concerning the silencing of clock chimes at night. We are mainly concerned with the
problems caused by the ringing of church bells and we advise ringers not to ring after 9 p.m. or before about 7 a.m.

We sometimes receive complaints about clock chimes, particularly about clocks in church towers. The law of nuisance in England is complicated by
the inclusion of such terms as "reasonable" and "continuous", which are not easily determined.

The advice we offer is very similar to that concerning the ringing of church bells - "If there are occupied dwellings very near to the church then the
chimes might be silenced between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.". Of course there will be cases when the occupants of such dwellings will still
complain; especially if the household includes small children. Maybe the stress of modern life means that they don't sleep well in any case and so

We have also received complaints from those who CANNOT hear the chimes when they are silenced! You can never please everyone!

All in all your planned period of silenced chimes would seem perfectly reasonable to me.

Best Wishes
Alan Chantler
CCCBR Noise Complaints Co-ordinator.


I've got an answer from Tina Stoecklin to the above mentioned question- you should have get the copy. Could you help me further?
It seems rather difficult to get an answer to the following question. But I try it again.

I've read your homepage and hope that you could help me. I could not find an advise concerning the use of the bells for telling the time in the night.

During which time do you think this can be omitted?

Is it true, that "Londoners by this time (about 1900) prohibited church bells from ringing between nine at night and nine in the morning"?
(cited from Hillel Schwartz: Noise and Silence).

In continental Europe church bells often ring in the early morning and the time is beaten on church bells every quarter of an hour for the whole night.
We are a society for the suppression of unnecessary noise (IG Stiller) - and try to get some silence in the night. We have proposed to stop the bells
from 10 in the evening to 7 in the morning. Do you think this is correct?

Waiting for your answer we stay sincerely

IG Stiller

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