Witch-of-November (witchofnovember) wrote in little_details,

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How far does the Bell toll.

Time and Place: The equivalent of Early Medieval Europe, or anyplace the have bells
Googled: Big Ben, church bells, bell ranges, sound of bells, bell sound distance,temple bells...

Given a preindustrial society, so that there is a minimum of noise pollution, how far away could you hear a church bell? I'm assuming a small church bell or large farm bell about 24-36 inches tall. The only mention of the range of the church bells was that they needed to be heard on the edges of the community, but I'm not finding anything about how much area that would cover.

Would it be safe to say that the bells could be heard 5-10 miles away? A couple of hours hike?

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