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Saint George's Memorial Church, Ypres

Saint George's Memorial Church, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium, was built to commemorate over 500,000 British and Commonwealth troops, who had died in the three battles fought for the Ypres Salient, during World War I. It was completed in 1929.

Saint George's Memorial Church in Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium

The church was built following an appeal led by The Ypres League and its President Field Marshal Sir John French, Earl of Ypres, for a British memorial church to be built. Land was given by the town, and the foundation stone was laid by Field Marshal Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927. The church was consecrated by the Bishop of Fulham on 24 March 1929. The architect was Sir Reginald Blomfield whose work included the Menin Gate (1922) and other war memorials.

The church is part of the Diocese in Europe of the Church of England and is also a Belgian national monument. The church is open every day from 9:30 am until dusk (4 pm in winter).

The church has many plaques and memorials to regiments, associations and individuals.

In 2016, as part of the First World War centenary commemorations, a project to install a ring of bells was launched. The church was originally planned to include a ring, but there was insufficient funding available.

By September 2017, the church was able to pay for a new ring of change-ringing bells, cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. They are the first of their kind in Belgium. In January 2018, the bell-ringing guild of Ypres was looking for people to perform on the eight new bells.

On 10 January 2018, a team of eight bell-ringers from the UK managed to score a peal of 5088 Ypres Surprise Major, in two hours and forty two minutes. It was the first full peal ever rung on church bells in continental Europe, and was also the first full peal on the bells.

Location:50°51′08″N2°52′59″E /50.8523°N 2.8831°E /50.8523; 2.8831

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  2. "100 years on, the bells ring out for the war dead of Ypres". The Daily Telegraph. 6 November 2016. Retrieved8 November 2016.
  3. "Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers". Dove.cccbr.org.uk. Retrieved20 September 2017.
  4. "Klokkenluiders gezocht voor Engels kerkje in Ieper: "Je hoeft geen muzikant te zijn"" (in Dutch). Het Laatste Nieuws. Retrieved11 January 2018.
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Saint George s Memorial Church Ypres Language Watch Edit Saint George s Memorial Church Ypres Ieper Belgium was built to commemorate over 500 000 British and Commonwealth troops who had died in the three battles fought for the Ypres Salient during World War I It was completed in 1929 1 Saint George s Memorial Church in Ieper West Flanders Belgium The church was built following an appeal led by The Ypres League and its President Field Marshal Sir John French Earl of Ypres for a British memorial church to be built Land was given by the town and the foundation stone was laid by Field Marshal Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927 The church was consecrated by the Bishop of Fulham on 24 March 1929 The architect was Sir Reginald Blomfield whose work included the Menin Gate 1922 and other war memorials The church is part of the Diocese in Europe of the Church of England and is also a Belgian national monument The church is open every day from 9 30 am until dusk 4 pm in winter The church has many plaques and memorials to regiments associations and individuals Bells EditIn 2016 as part of the First World War centenary commemorations a project to install a ring of bells was launched The church was originally planned to include a ring but there was insufficient funding available 2 By September 2017 the church was able to pay for a new ring of change ringing bells cast by John Taylor amp Co of Loughborough 3 They are the first of their kind in Belgium In January 2018 the bell ringing guild of Ypres was looking for people to perform on the eight new bells 4 On 10 January 2018 a team of eight bell ringers from the UK managed to score a peal of 5088 Ypres Surprise Major in two hours and forty two minutes It was the first full peal ever rung on church bells in continental Europe and was also the first full peal on the bells 5 Location 50 51 08 N 2 52 59 E 50 8523 N 2 8831 E 50 8523 2 8831References Edit St George s Memorial Church Ieper Ypres The Great War 1914 18 Retrieved 31 October 2017 100 years on the bells ring out for the war dead of Ypres The Daily Telegraph 6 November 2016 Retrieved 8 November 2016 Dove s Guide for Church Bell Ringers Dove cccbr org uk Retrieved 20 September 2017 Klokkenluiders gezocht voor Engels kerkje in Ieper Je hoeft geen muzikant te zijn in Dutch Het Laatste Nieuws Retrieved 11 January 2018 Ringing World BellBoard External links EditSt George s website http www greatwar co uk ypres salient town ieper st georges church htmWikimedia Commons has media related to Saint George s Memorial Church Ypres Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Saint George 27s Memorial Church Ypres amp oldid 1039302365, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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