Town clock bell - Background Kirkby Stephen

At eight o'clock each night the town clock bell at Kirkby Stephen Parish Church rings out eight times for the time and once for every day of the month.

This is the Taggy Bell which denotes when everyone should be at home. Similar to the medieval curfew bell but the Taggy Bell is said to have its origins in our Norse heritage when the Taggy of the Mist would get all children out at night.

Submitted by Ann Sandell, VCH volunteer