All Saints’ Bells
Records show that there was a ring of five bells in All Saints’ tower as long ago as 1553. However, the present ring of eight bells started life in 1764, cast by Lester & Pack of London. Only the fifth remains of those bells. The others have all been recast, the sixth by the original founder in 1856 and again, along with the seventh, in 1883 by Taylors of Loughborough. Subsequently, Taylors recast the rest of the bells and installed all of them in a new, metal bell frame in 1908. Ball bearings were fitted thirty years later!
The tenor bell, the heaviest of the ring, weighs 19cwt 1qr 24lb (989kg) and sounds the lowest note of the octave (E).
Information for visiting bell ringers
Visiting ringers are most welcome.
Sunday Service Ringing: 10:00 am (and 5:30 pm on 2nd & 4th Sundays)
Practice Night: Monday at 7:45 – 9:00 pm
Please check with one of the ringers via the Parish Office on 01427 611036 before making a special journey as arrangements can vary and the outer door may have to be locked on a Monday evening.
Tower Captain & Correspondent: Robin Heppenstall
Deputy Tower Captain: Stephen Clarke
Bell ringing is an absorbing and sociable hobby, attractive to both sexes and all ages from 9 to 90! It just needs a sense of rhythm and the ability to count, about as much co-ordination as is needed to ride a bike and only a little strength! If you are interested in learning to ring, please do make contact. The only cost is getting out of bed on a Sunday morning!
Contact: Parish Office 01427 611036