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Record of Ringing

The record of the various ringing performances at St Michael’s

St Michael’s has a rich history of ringing as will be noted from the History pages of this website, but on these pages you will find a record of the various ringing performances, by both the local Sunday band and by visiting ringers.


Generally ‘performances’ fall into one of three categories:-


  1. Peals - Method Ringing peals today usually consist of between 5000-5280 changes, or permutations. On seven or more bells they must be rung without repetition of any of the changes. Most peals are composed and rung in compliance with the decisions of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, allowing them to be recorded in that organisation’s peal records. Peals at St Michael’s take can take anywhere from two hours 45 minutes to three hours 20 minutes to ring, depending on the speed with which the bells are rung. Peals are considered to be both a physical and a mental challenge, in that concentration has to be maintained for a long period of time, and each individual ringer has to ring their bell throughout the whole peal without a break.
  2. Quarter Peals - the same principles of Peals applies to Quarter Peals except that the number of changes or permutations is 1260 [a quarter the number in a peal of 5040 changes] and so takes a quarter of the time. Quarters are rung by the local band at St Michael’s usually every other week on Sunday evenings.
  3. Special Performances or Date Touches - This is where the ringing performance is not a peal or a quarter in length but is still noteworthy because of the event which it is rung for.  Often the ringing is specially composed to be of a length that reflects the date that it commemorates and such ringing is referred to as a Date Touch


Peal Boards - Many peals are also recorded on peal boards attached to the walls of the ringing rooms in the towers where they took place, and in the peal books of local change-ringing associations.


Peals

Quarter Peals

Peal Boards